Among the relatively complex jobs is deck refinishing. This exercise might last the whole weekend, especially if your wooden deck is elaborate or extensive. For the record, deck refinishing is more complicated than sanding, re-staining, and re-sealing. The following are the basic four steps will ensure effective deck refinishing.
Clean the deck to remove any debris
Your deck must necessarily be free of any debris. Ensure to clean all the spaces between your house and the deck. These spaces can notoriously trap pine needles, leaves, or dirt. Use cleaners, especially those with bleach acids, to remove any form of discoloration that could have been caused by either water damage or other unwanted stains. While a regular water hose is recommended for cleaning purposes, a pressure washer can give better results. What’s more, a pressure washer is easier to come by as it is of absolute necessity for every homeowner owing to its wide range of applications.
Thoroughly inspect all fasteners and boards
Almost certainly, you have come across a nail that is popping out. Often, such nails are the cause of injury or tripping hazards especially if you are on your bare feet. Hammer all the nails around the deck to ensure that the nail heads go slightly below the wood surface. Any other fastener and board should be checked to ensure that it is ready for sealing.
Apply your new sealant
The new sealant is to be applied over the old one. However, this is not mandatory. There are instances where you might need to remove the top layer before resealing, especially when the deck is heavily stained, scratched, or damaged. Again, carry out an inspection of the deck for fasteners or boards which could be popping out to avoid damaging your sand belt or sander. Such fasteners can also cause injury to anyone nearby should the belt break and send the abrasive sand paper flying in the air.
Strip the deck before applying new stain
When you leave behind layers of the old sealant as you apply the new stain, you block the new stain from penetrating and settling in the wood. We recommend that you use a combination a pressure washer and chemical strippers to effectively remove all the old stains from the wood without causing any damage to the wood surface. Do not sandblast; it will damage the wood surface. Cover the surrounding landscaping before stripping the deck. After removing the old layers, the new stain can be applied, and the sealant can follow afterward. However, if your deck is made from pressure treated wood, then it is necessary that you contact your supplier before completing any deck restoration process. Pressure treated wood might require you to wait for a month or even a year before you can apply any sealant to avoid damage since such wood was subjected to chemical treatment.