Painting and Decorating Made Easier!

Does the deck resemble a collection of mold-ridden, fungus-laden, algae-slick growths?

Then, you will know it’s been “neglected” way too long.

 

As long as the wood hasn’t rotted, there is still hope for improvement.

 

The easiest and first thing to do: Clean the surface.

1. Use a garden sprayer, containing a solution of detergent, bleach and water.

2. Spray the entire deck area.

3. Let set for 15-20 minutes.

4. Then pressure wash the deck.

 

TIP: The deck may look acceptable once it’s been cleaned. Carefully inspect the entire surface. In full daylight!

 

Does the deck surface still look dirty, unkempt and unsanitary? A good coat of stain will cure that unsightly appearance.

 

STAIN PRODUCTS TO USE

 

To carry out your project, consider using one of the following products. Both are oil-based stains.

1. Solid color Stain – simulates a painted surface.

2. Semi-transparent Stain – accentuates the depth of the wood’s grain pattern.

 

Once the stain is selected, the actual process can begin. Here are basic steps to finish any size deck.

 

HOW TO PREP THE AREA

 

1. Remove all moveable objects: vehicles, bikes, skate boards, furniture, planters, etc.

2. Securely cover all adjacent and accessible areas.

A. To use a brush and roller: Cover nearby vegetation and concrete with drop cloths or plastic sheeting.

B. For spraying the stain: Be prepared to cover considerably more.

—Mask off the wall area adjacent to the house/building, where the deck is fastened.

—Mask everything else nearby that can’t be moved: all plants and holders, open ground and landscaping, stationary furniture, statues, fencing, gutters/downspouts, etc.

C. Is everything covered that needs to be? Now, cover yourself.

—If you intend to spray, wear a disposable paper suit. Cover your head.

—Put on safety glasses/goggles.

—Gloves are a must as well.

 

HOW TO APPLY THE STAIN

 

1. Stain all hand rails, toe kicks and stair runners.

A. Apply as heavy and even of a coat as you can. Avoid producing runs in the stain.

B. The wood hasn’t been done in a while. So, it will soak up the stain fairly quickly.

C. TIP: After staining, exterior wood does not need to be wiped down.

 

2. Need to apply a second coat?

A. WAIT until the stain has penetrated enough.

B. It does not have to be completely dry for you to recoat the surface.

C. It may require two days to dry.

 

3. Stain the deck and steps last.

A. TIP: Since the surface is flat, the stain can be applied more heavily.

B. Generally, apply the stain in the direction of the wood planking.

C. Spraying on the stain is the quickest and easiest method.

—Using a brush and roller requires a lot more time and effort.

D. Don’t pay a lot of attention to staining in between the gaps of the wood.

Exception: Gaps are wide enough for you to apply stain on the wood surfaces bordering them.

 

WHEN TO APPLY THE STAIN

 

1. Remember: The deck wood must be as dry as possible.

 

2. Stain on a warm, dry day. This ensures that the stain gets the best penetration into the wood.

 

3. Avoid staining when the humidity is high, or detectable rain clouds are in the sky.

 

Follow these steps. Add on another year before your next application. Save precious time and money.

 

ADD LIFE, APPEAL, USE, and VALUE TO YOUR DECK! AND, TO YOUR OUTDOOR LIFE!

 

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Enjoy your outdoors. Thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

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Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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