Refinishing a deck can be a rewarding DIY project that can instantly boost your outdoor space’s aesthetic appeal and add value to your home. A well-refinished deck not only looks great, but it also protects the wood from weather damage and extends the life of your deck. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps on how to refinish your deck like a pro.
Preparing Your Deck for Refinishing
Before you start the refinishing process, it's important to properly prepare your deck. This includes cleaning, sanding, and repairing any damage to the wood.
Cleaning Your Deck
Start by removing all furniture, rugs, and other items from the deck. Then, sweep the deck to remove dirt, debris, and cobwebs. Next, use a pressure washer to remove any remaining dirt and grime. Allow the deck to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
Sanding Your Deck
Once the deck has dried, use a power sander or sandpaper to remove the existing finish and smooth the surface of the wood. Start with a coarse grit sandpaper and work your way to a finer grit to achieve a smooth surface. Be sure to sand in the direction of the grain to avoid damaging the wood.