Our decks see a lot of rainy days and bright sunshine in a year, so it’s important to show them a little love when they start to get weathered. Follow this weekend DIY to refresh your deck for the season ahead and bring the beauty back to your favorite outdoor space.
The real trick is finding a time when you can partner up with Mother Nature’s schedule. This project does require some time, so it’s important to find a few days when the forecast is free of rain and humidity.
DIY Hack: For most stains, 70 degrees Fahrenheit is the optimum temperature for application.
Once you’ve found the perfect window, start prepping by making sure your deck is dry and free of any residues like dirt, debris, or mildew. These could prevent the stains or finishes from sticking to the wood. You’ll also want to protect any surrounding greenery or siding by covering them up with thin plastic sheeting.
Stripping and Neutralizing
Getting your deck ready for a new stain involves removing old coatings and neutralizing the wood for staining. Our SuperDeck® Stain and Sealer Remover is great for stripping away everything from weathered latex stains to clear finishes, while our SuperDeck® Revive® Deck and Siding Brightener neutralizes and restores the color of your wood.
Stains come in a variety of opacities. A semi-transparent stain shows off more of the wood grain, while a solid color stain creates a painted look. No matter which you prefer, it’s important to make sure your deck passes the water drop test before any stain is applied.
Sprinkle some water on the deck to see if the droplets soak into the wood – if they get absorbed it means you’re good to go. After your final coat of stain is applied, all that’s left to do is clean up and let your freshly updated space dry for 24 – 48 hours before enjoying it.