A wood deck can last decades with the right maintenance. This deck needed a good restoration, but with the right tools, the shine can be brought back!
The first step is to repair or replace any boards that are rotted, severely warped, or cannot be saved. Also, replace any nails or screws that have popped up from the boards. Apply them at new angles to have them grab new wood.
Next clean the deck and remove any peeling or chipping stain. If using the same brand and color as before, complete removal of the previous solid stain is not necessary.
We pressured washed the deck, and then scrubbed off any peeling stain with a deck scrub brush. If all of the stain must be removed, I recommend renting an orbital deck sander. Finally, the entire deck was cleaned with deck brightener to remove all mildew and gray wood for a fresh surface to stain.
Now the deck is ready for staining. Since this is a large raised deck where a ladder will be required, we are using the Wagner Control Pro 130 sprayer, which has a 25-foot hose and holds a full 1.5 gallons of stain or paint. The best part is the tank can be left comfortably on the ground as we work up high, which causes less fatigue in handling large projects such as this deck.
Note: The Control Pro 130 comes with a 515 spray tip that is great for latex paint. If you're applying stain, you'll need a 313 HEA spray tip for stains (sold separately) or 211 HEA spray tip for sealers (sold separately).
I started by staining the railing and working the stain in with a brush. This helps catch any drips and, for transparent or semi-transparent stain, will help the stain penetrate the wood rather than sit on top. Once the railings were done, we worked on the walking surfaces and side walls.
Last year we boarded up the sides and added water diverters to create a storage space under the deck. The Wagner Control Pro 130 made it easy to spray from any angle to get full coverage, especially in the gaps between those boards on the sides.
In all, I did 2 coats in a weekend and even got to add some new trellises to the side. It looks refreshed and beautiful again!
Because it looked so good, we were inspired to create a small garden space around the deck and summers are going to be great out here!
This sponsored post was created by Craving Some Creativity. For more details on this project and our deck makeover, check out this post.