Tips on how to apply you deckstain, how to finish
and NOT to paint your deck
Tips on how to apply your deckstain.
yourself from the specific deck deckstain or sealer for recommendations on
usage. Colorized deckstains will generally call for a drying period for the
wood before applying the sealer. A few clear stains and clear sealers do
darken your wood deck. Semi-transparent stains add color to your wood.
you use several different cans of the same stain it's a good idea to
intermix these different cans. This intermixing prevent any observable
differences between the different cans of stain. Apply 1/2 gallon while mixing
the other 1/2 of the next gallon with the one you are using. Always examine
a trial of the (mixed) product in an unnoticeable area of the deck and let
it dry to find out the eventual color.
How to finish you deck
a deck finish is just like painting. First, one should use a drop cloth.
Then some rags and disposable surgeon gloves. Also do not forget to use old
clothes. If you try to remove an oil based stain from your clothes is
applying a deck sealer to your boards, use a lint free 1/2 inch nap roller
with a tray liner. Once the sealer has been applied with the roller, make
use of a lambs wool to disperse the sealer equally. Then allow it for 15
minutes to stand mop up any product surplus with the lint free mop or rag.
does not recommend to use a pump sprayer for applying the sealers. The pump
sprayers happen to get clogged and most of the sealers that are on sale
have to be diluted to work adequately. Also, the over spraying a deck
finish make more harm then do good.
recommends not to over apply the product
deck finishing products recommend not to use more than one coating. More
than one application makes the saturated and an extra sealer will
subsequently not penetrate the wood so the finish will dry into a film
and starts to peel. Generally just one coating is required or maybe a
wet on wet coating in which the second coating is applied while the first
coating is still wet. It is very necessary to wipe this second coating at
once. The instructions on the can of deck finish in general suggest the
best ways to apply the deck finish.
do not ever apply a second finish after the first finish is dry. The pores
of the wood are filled with the dried finish from the first coat and then
the second coat will not be able to penetrate. This makes the second
coating susceptible to peeling
Painting your deck
is the greatest misunderstanding altogether. Too often homeowners think to paint
their deck is a wise idea. Instead, homeowners who paint their wood deck
are asking for trouble. Foot traffic abrades it and the sun bakes it . More
important to understand is that paint is a film that sticks to the surface
the deck wood. Later, when rainwater is under the film, the paint starts to
blister and peel off. On the market there is also some solid color stain
for decks, but experts consider these as thinned paints. Although these
color stain may not peel as easily as normal paint, they show scuff marks
and do peel. A wood deck never should be painted unless it's already coated
that cannot be penetrated. Clear deck finishes and semi-transparent
stains do not peel so these types of stains are the best option when you
finish a deck.
peeling off from your bad painted deck due to wet decking boards
your deck with a pressure hose
unstained deck and stained deck
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