If your deck is weathered and looks like it needs replacing. You are the right place to know how to restore a deck? You might be able to salvage it with a resurfacing treatment as long as the deck is structurally sound. It’s a good option. we used deck restores an extra-thick water-based paint with sand mixed in that creates a protective non-slip surface and extends the life of old deck boards. To start to clear the deck and sweep away any debris. Keep in mind that the key to the project is prepping the surface thoroughly. so the project adheres well you’ll also need a clear forecast the coating has to drive 48 hours before taking on any rain.
Steps to Restore a Deck
- Next, inspect the deck and railing for rot splinters and raised fasteners sink any raised nails below the surface of the board with a hammer and nail set and drive in any protruding screws. Use a putty knife to remove any splinters replace any rotten sections and while you’re at it any warped balusters.
- Next, protect your house is siding with plastic sheeting or tarps to protect your plants wet them down with water. so they’ll absorb less potentially harmful runoff when you strip and clean your deck. you’ll start by stripping all the flat surfaces this step is critical even if the bores look old cracked and dried out. Phillip pump sprayer put on protective gear including goggles rubber boots and gloves sprays the boards down in sections working on about 20 square feet at a time get the tops of the rails to when the deck is covered grab a push broom and work the stripper into the wood. let it stand for 15 minutes before rinsing.
- To remove the stripper use a pressure washer with a 40-degree tip set between 1500 and 2500 PSI for pressure treated deck boards work in long controlled strokes pushing the solution off the end of each board be sure to keep the tip about 6 inches away from the boards to prevent cutting into the wood. once the deck is rinsed while you wait for the boards to dry rinse off the surrounding plants with a garden hose use a pole sander and 50 grit paper to sand the deck boards in the direction of the wood grain make sure to sand railings and balusters too.
- Now comes the moment of truth it’s time to test for any residual coatings pour some water on different areas of the surface high-traffic low traffic shady and sunny areas and so on the water should soak into the wood quickly in less than a minute. if the water beads up you’ll need to strip it and sand it again.
- Next, the deck needs a final cleaning load a pump sprayer with detergent mixed with the proper ratio of water according to the directions. spray the mixture on your boards and work it in with a push broom then rinse the deck with your pressure washer and plain water.
- Once the wood is dry fill any gouges or holes with an acrylic clock using a five and one tool to scrape off the excess then allow it to set. In addition to holes, you can use the caulk to fill any wide cracks before you coat the deck boards cover all the vertical surfaces like the balusters with a solid color stain.
- if your deck requires more than a gallon it’s a good idea to combine equal parts from multiple cams to ensure the color is evenly mixed. Brush the stain into the gaps between deck boards as well where it will be hard to reach with the restorer coating which is very thick. Once sustained rise looks for any missed gaps or cracks and fills them with caulk when it dries you can hit those areas with a second coat of stain.
- Next up is the resurfacing coat this deck called for four big containers. so we used to clean five-gallon buckets to mix the batches together fit a paddle mixer through the lid of the first container and load it into your drill. mix the coating thoroughly then pour a small amount into an empty bucket. continue to do that with the remaining containers then pour the mixtures back and forth between the different buckets to ensure an even color.
- Back on the deck loads a paint roller with the resurfacing coat. make sure to use the specialty roller covers designed to work with deck restore using a regular roller even a long nap roller will not give you good results load up the roller as much as possible and roll the coating into the boards pushing a thick bead of the paint into the cracks and checks of the board. do not roll back and forth that motion will lift the coating you just applied.
- For any Cupboards roll across their width use a putty knife or a five and one to break the film between the board four surfaces like steps and handrails a small roller works best. work the codon in multiple passes in the same direction working quickly to keep the coating from dripping.
- Once the first coat down allows it to dry for 26 hours or until the surface is no longer tacky. when the first coat dries apply the second the same way again making sure to push a bead of the coating in front of the roller. We found that using a narrow roller cover was easier in some cases. it also helps to ensure less of the coating gets trapped between your deck boards. if you’d like a smoother finish on your handrails you can back brush the second coat to smooth it out.
When the coating dries you’re all set just make sure to wait three to five days before replacing any furniture. Then it’s time to call up some friends and have a cookout you.