Update for 2019: How To Sand Your Wood Deck
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How to correctly sand your deck before staining
If you’re fed up of looking out at your peeling, dull, grey, sun-beaten deck then it’s time to think about re-staining the boards. As every DIYer knows – this begins with the correct surface preparation.
Step 1: Power washing
Before you start the sanding process, begin by power washing the surface of your deck. Using a deck stain stripper will help to remove old coatings.
Remember, softer woods like cedar may require a less powerful stream of water. If you are using a pressure washer, then make sure to keep it on a lower setting and hold it a little further away so as not to raise the chips and cause splinters.
After pressure washing, leave the deck to dry for up to two days, depending on the local climate.