Case study: Deck Rejuvenation
Step 1: Planning
To properly rejuvenate a decking area, it first is assessed for any damage so that the proper treatment can be recommended. In this case, the decking coating was failing as was in the process of peeling. The initial assessment of the decking resulted in the recommendation for sanding and reapplication.
Step 2: Deck Wash
In order to ensure the finished product has a uniform clean finish, the choice was made to sand the entire deck back to bare timber. All areas covered by a solid coating required aggressive sanding using 40, 80, and 120 grit sandpaper to ensure a smooth finish. Ensuring that the finished sand shows a uniform look across the decking and all edges are appropriately sanded is an important check done by our team at Perth Deck Maintenance before continuing.
Sanding process to remove the failed coating covering the decking.
Step 3: Deck Wash
After sanding, the decking is scrubbed using a high strength deck cleaning product. After 10-15 minutes of the solution soaking into the deck, a hard bristled brush is used to remove all dirt trapped within the decking fibers. After the decking has been cleaned and the solution is washed off the decking was left to dry overnight.
Often the decking will show much less color than the original once the boards have dried out. This color should reappear once the boards absorb moisture
Complete removal of the previous coating.
Deck after being sanded and washed.
Step 3: Re-Coating
Two coats are typically recommended for new decking areas in the exposed sun. In this case, a natural-looking stain was chosen. The image below highlights the true beauty of the decking revealed through this process.