01:16AM | 05/25/05
Member Since: 05/24/05
4 lifetime posts
Basically I plan to sand my deck next week. I would rather not use a pressure washer as I hear that can make it worse if youre not an experienced user. It looks like the deck hasnt been protected in a long time (I moved in last summer) and I want to get it looking smooth and nice. My plan is to use a sander with 80 grit, followed by 120 to really smooth it out. I also want to stain it a nice cedar colour, and im curious if there is anything outthere that has a cedar stain and weather protector all in one, just to save some time and $$$. Can someone please tell me if this whole plan I have sounds like a good idea. Im a new homeowner and somewhat inexperienced. Just curious also if the sanding is going to give it a nice clean look, or am I asking for too much. any hints and tips would be greatly appreciated!


07:51AM | 05/25/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
I sanded two years ago on a redwood deck and followed with semi-transparent penetrating oil stain (Penofin). Looks great and worked fine. I rented the large floor sander (orbital pad) from HD. It will work if the deck boards are level. If the boards have any significant variation in height, you will end up sanding the high boards and not touching the low ones. Also, all screws or nails must be below the wood surface, or you will rip the sandpaper very quickly. If the boards are unequal height, a 4-inch heavy duty belt sander may work better. Lots more work.

Most semi-transparent stains include pigments for UV protection and color. The color will normally fade over about 2-years and require re-application at least on the flat deck portions.

Pressure washing is a rapid method of deck cleaning, and when preceeded by a deck cleaner containing oxolic acid can brighten the deck with minimal pressure. Using too much pressure will result in severely raising the grain and can damage the wood, so go easy.


09:24AM | 05/25/05
Member Since: 05/24/05
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I have never sanded a deck, but i have used a power washer. It is not that difficult really. Becareful when u get close to house because the stream may damage the siding. work away from the house. As for sanding or power washing, remember some contractors/ home owners may have used nails. The nail heads will definitely impeade your sanding ability. you may have to make sure they are all set below the finish. Power washing will be much faster and less damaging to ur back. good luck, howpe this helped.
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