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Hey Friends! Summer is officially here and we are longing to spend some time outdoors. For the four years we have been at this house, our back deck hasn’t gotten much of any attention. It was beginning to look pretty darn bad, in disrepair. Knowing that it needed some TLC quickly, we spent two long weekends working on our back deck. It’s not yet completed, but I wanted to share with you our experience of prepping and re-staining a wooden deck.
HOW TO PREP A WOODEN DECK FOR STAIN
Here’s how our back deck was looking. Pretty rough, am I right! The solid stain that was on it had come up in spots and was non-existent in others. There were several boards that were warped and needed to be replaced. It was looking pretty sad. To prep the deck for a new stain, I would have to completely wash the deck down and remove as much of the mold and algae that had accumulated on it plus the leftover stain.
To prep the wood for stain, here is what I used.
I started off by pressure washing the wood, working in sections. The key here was to use a fan spray and to spray along the wood grain. This helped to remove most of the old stain. Working in the same section, I hosed it down with the Home Armor cleaner. As I let this sit for 5-10 minutes, I used the brush to really work it into the grain and help loosen any more of the old stain that was still attached. Once this had set for the allotted time, I hosed down the section one last time with the pressure washer.
HOW TO STAIN A WOODEN DECK
Since I was only able to work on the deck during the weekends, I spent the first weekend getting the deck cleaned and prepped and the second-weekend staining. The very first thing we did was to replace those warped and cracked boards. Then I swept it off one last time which helped remove the very last of the old stain strips. For the staining process, Chris helped me out. We selected Olympic Maximum Semi-Solid stain in Redwood color. Here are the supplies we used to stain the porch.
We worked in groups of three boards. Chris would roll on the stain as I back brushed. This simply meant I brushed over the roller marks and made sure to get in between the slats good. The deck stain didn't roll on like paint, so it's important to do the back brushing. The most important part of the staining was to never leave an edge to dry. If you have to stop, then stop after a stopping point.
After finishing up the stain, I was left a little sore and with a blister. But the porch is looking so much better. Next up for the porch is to finish painting the railing black and adding the furniture back. I'll be back shortly to discuss all of this. We have our outdoor patio set and I'm so in love with it, can't wait to show it off.
What outdoor projects are you planning to tackle for the summer?