With the sun and rains, a deck can get worn out overtime. A deck needs to be at its best as it serves many purposes for a home and family. But it is very annoying when you step out barefoot and you get stuck by a splinter. You must refinish a deck every year or two to enhance the beauty of your home and keep the deck from cracking. The best way to refinish a deck is laid out below with these instructions:
Things you will need
- Power washer
- Stiff-bristle brush
- Trisodium phosphate (or any wood cleaning agent)
- Bucket with water
- Paint brush, tray and roller
- Painter’s tape
- Waterproof deck finish
- Rubber gloves
- Wood stain
- Remove all the furniture and plants from your deck. With a broom, clean the deck to remove all dirt and debris. While cleaning, you will be able to inspect the level of damage and repair needed on the deck.
- Sand down the splintered areas, tighten the loose screws and hammer and nails popping out. If any wood planks are badly damaged, replace the single boards.
- Clean and scrub the deck with water and the cleaning agent mixed in a bucket. Scrub off the deck with the brush to clean mildew and old paint. Wear gloves while you clean the deck.
- Rinse the deck with the power washer, keeping the corners cleaned out properly with its help. Let the deck dry fully. If you use a water-based stain, apply it when the deck is still wet. But if you are using an oil-based stain, let the deck dry for 2-3 days.
- Begin applying the refinishing product on the railing with the paintbrush and tray.
- Next, move onto the stairs and deck surface with the painting. Use the roller frame to paint.
- Apply a second coat after the first dries.
- After 2 days, stain the wood, making sure that the surface has an even finish.
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