Friday, May 24, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Translucent deck, solid facing/posts/rails

One of our common techniques is to sand the deck surface fully and apply a translucent stain, which we believe wears the best on walkable, horizontal wood surfaces.  Often the vertical rail/post/facing structure around the outer perimeter of the deck is best treated with a solid (opague) finish. This can create a nice contrasting look with the deck and is often necessary in cases where restoration is cost prohibitive.

Here is a good example of a deck where we did this:








Painted decks / Pre coating

Painted decks are one of the more challenging scenarios we come upon.  We (almost) never paint decks but we are often called upon to remove existing paint from a deck and restore it to its natural beauty.

Here are the main issues when dealing with painted decks:

1. Paint is harder to remove, and gums up sand paper.
2. Redwood tends to darken due to moisture build up beneath paint, which can act as a non breathable coating.
3. Remaining visible paint on board sides (as the vertical face of each deck board as seen through the gapping between boards on the deck), recessed cracks, screw depressions, etc. after sanding and tends to pop out after staining.

We have come up with a solution that greatly mitigates the third issue, which is really the worst problem with paint. After we have set the screws we apply a coat of either dark brown or dark red (depending on the direction you want to go) solid stain to the deck, focusing on the areas that tend to have lingering paint after full sanding.  Lighter colored paints especially will tend to stick out after sanding and staining, whereas a matte, darker stain will pretty much disappear between the gaps and blends very well in cracks and screw holes.

Notice the remaining white paint after another company sanded this painted deck:



Here is what a light precoating looks like:



More pics to come upon completion...