Decks can be the most relaxing places at home—especially when they are well-maintained. Solid-color stains protect wood decks and look great when new, but the fact of the matter is that they flake and wear away over time. To restore them, you have to scrape and strip off the stain before recoating. Read on as Carolina Custom Exteriors, your premier deck building company, explains the restoration process of an expertly stained deck.
Scraping Off the Old Stain
First, your contractor will scrape off the old solid color deck stain with a paint scraper as a deck stripper. As we do so, we’ll reset any nails or screws that stick out from the surface. Next, we cover nearby siding, bushes and grass around the deck. We then spread a heavy coat of stain remover over the boards. 15 to 30 minutes is ample time for the remover to soften the stain. Last is the scrubbing of the old stain.
Sanding the Wood
Next order of business is hosing down the residue and allowing the deck to dry before the sanding of the wood. Coarse stripping discs are used on areas that are too discolored as they are much faster and more effective than regular sanders. They also work best on angle grinders as a deck stripper. As a seasoned installer of decks and sunrooms, Carolina Custom Exteriors understands the advantages of such products.
Conditioning and Re-Staining
The final part is the brushing of the deck conditioner. This neutralizes the stain remover and restores the wood as close as possible to its original color. After the wood dries, the re-staining and application of a clear penetrating finish can start. Clear finishes show more of the wood’s original color, but they need re-application more often. Solid stains, on the other hand, protect the wood longer but are quite difficult to scrape off.
Carolina Custom Exteriors Inc. works with premier manufacturers to restore decks using the most reliable products. We provide the best sunrooms and decks. Allow us to be a part of your next project. We serve Hendersonville and Asheville, NC, as well as other nearby areas. Call us at (828) 202-9988.