Grey Wood Deck Cleaning & Restoration
After my last posting and your advice, I threw caution to the wind and raced the weather — I sanded each and every board again — then stripped again — this time, I got on my hands and knees and over two days I scrubbed EACH AND EVERY BOARD (hurray for me). Then, I brightened again. The results were wonderful and my deck was ready to stain. But, then it rained. And rained a lot. So, it took me about two more weeks before I could stain.
Once I stained, I followed your advice and used the pads, really worked the stained into each and every board in a steady motion. Since this was old wood and absorbed the stain well, there were a few spots that needed me to pass over them with a 2nd coat. I also did the railings.
The next day - about 15 hours later - it rained. In the morning, the water on the deck was beading nicely and I felt a deep sense of satisfaction for a job well done. Thank you to you folks for all your help during this process.
Looking at this new set of photos, you can see my final removal of the grey powdery paint texture.
You can also see the final stain, which is far more rich and bold than expected. Since the previous owner was a contractor, I believe he used whatever wood he could get his hands on to build this giant deck and save money, so there are many inconsistencies, though beautiful and we're very happy.
1) There are areas that didn't get enough stain, creating more of an inconsistency of tone than I prefer, this was impossible to detect during the process (I finished at sundown, then the rain). Will I be able to go over these areas again to attempt a more even coating — now, or next year?
2) In the area highlighted with yellow, the lighter boards within the dark section - is it too late to touch up those boards with a 2nd coat?
3) If I understand correctly, in the future, I will not have to sand again, but instead I would wash the deck with water only and apply another coat of the Armstrong Amber. Is that correct?
Thanks for everything.
Moldy grey deck > Now rich amber
It has been two years since my original trouble-shooting. My deck is gorgeous, the admiration of all my neighbors!
I have recently stripped the mold and algae from our very large fence and after more prep will apply Armstrong Clark in Amber to the fence as well.
DECK - As for the deck, the soft pressure washer nozzle nicely removes the gunk collected over the years, and I will use a light cleaner across the whole deck before applying the much-anticipated 2nd coat of Armstrong Clark in Amber.
Any advice to these points appreciated, otherwise, I think I'm in good shape.
I’m done. Amidst my busy schedule and the weather, I final got two clean coats applied. I also pressure washed th entire fence and applied two coats. Last night, it rained and the water sheeted off the wood like so many droplets off a duck’s arse.
Many thanks for all the info and support.
This is what a restored 25-year-old cedar deck looks like with two coats of semi-trans Amber after significant stripping, sanding, cleaning, staining.
Anyone following this thread, heed my warning: Haste makes waste. Slow down. Don’t try to beat the clock. It’s woodwork, after all.
Joe Wachs //