How To Prep A Deck For Resurfacing

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    David Radtke with Olympic Paints demonstrates how to properly prepare your deck for resurfacing.

    Male Speaker: If you are in the market for a new deck, consider wood resurfacing. Wood resurfacer is the ultimate remedy for worn or weathered wood. The 100% acrylic coating locks down splinters and fills cracks up to a quarter inch.

    As with most DIY projects proper prep is key. Before you tackle the resurfacing project you will need to prepare the wood surface. The surface must be clean and dry and free of dirt, grease, mildew and algae to ensure product adhesion of the wood resurface.

    Start by securing the deck screws, brace nail heads or loose decking boards. Remove loose splinters and replace rotting or severely damaged boards; sand and scrape any loose stain or paint.

    Using a deck cleaner thoroughly clean the surface to remove all contaminants, then pressure-wash using low-to-moderate pressure, next allow the wood to dry completely for at least 24 hours. Once the woods dry, take a few moments to identify and sand any loose wood fibers and remove the sanding dust.

    Now give your deck a visual inspection. If there are cracks or depressions in the wood deeper than a quarter inch, fill them with an exterior paintable sealant clock. This will ensure an even coating of the wood resurfacer.

    With proper surface preparation your deck is ready and will provide excellent adhesion for the wood resurfacer.

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