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How to seal a wood deck.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Water-resistant/repellent deck sealer (stained sealer or clear
sealer, depending on preference)
cleaner or a mixture of water and bleach
Garden hose (hooked up to faucet for cold water use)
Machine belt sander or medium-level sandpaper
Because a wood deck is exposed to the outdoor
elements 24/7, as you know, it needs all of the protection it can
get, and this includes coating it with a sealer. You may have
originally applied sealer--stained or clear--on your wood deck.
However, over time, another application of it will be necessary.
Caution: When dealing with chemicals, such as
those found in a sealer, make sure you take precautions;
read all product manufacturer instructions.
Applying sealer on your wood deck can be done in a few steps,
and here's how:
In preparing for
the application of a sealer, wash the wood deck clean of debris,
grime and other foreign stains/filth with the use of a mixture
of bleach and water or a deck cleaner, scrubbing this cleaning
solution with a scrub brush.
off with a garden hose.
with a machine belt sander or the use of sandpaper applied with
your hands, sand any uneven or otherwise rough surfaces of the
wood deck, and sweep up this sanding debris/sawdust with a broom
into a dust pan.
water-resistant/repellent deck sealer, whether it is a staining
sealer or a clear sealer, with either a paint sprayer or a
paintbrush; with a paint brush, be sure to move the paintbrush
in the direction of the grain of the wood, making sure the brush
reaches into crevices created between the wood boards.
With either paint brushing or paint spraying, be sure to apply
the sealer on all the poles, joists, beams and board undersides
that make up your wood deck.
Make sure that
when you're using a paint sprayer that you apply an even coat of
the sealer, and that any drippings of the sealer should be
spread even with a paintbrush; make sure that the sides of the
deck do not have sealer drippings either--brush over them to
make an even coat of the sealer.
Allow the applied
sealer to cure per the sealer manufacturer's instructions.
Following the above steps will go a long way in
help preserving your wood deck.
Handyman Zone Team
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