Project Guide

Give Your Deck a Fresh New Look

1
SCRAPE OFF LOOSE FINISH
Scrape off loose finish - Give Your DeckFresh New Look
  • Remove loose paint or opaque deck stain with a paint scraper. Scrape down damaged areas to bare wood. 
  • Sand each area to feather the edges of remaining finish material down to bare wood.
2
SCRUB THE SURFACE
Scrub the surface - Give Your DeckFresh New Look

Use a stiff bristle brush to remove flaking stain or dirt. Don't use a metal bristle brush on cedar or redwood because the metal bristles may scar the soft wood.

3
APPLY CLEANER
Apply cleaner - Give Your DeckFresh New Look

Apply a deck brightener/refinisher product to wood surfaces. Mix the product according to manufacturer's directions. Work the brightener into the wood with a stiff bristle brush, using an extension handle on the brush, if necessary.

4
POWER WASH DECK
Power wash deck - Give Your DeckFresh New Look
  • Wash the deck surfaces to remove brightener solution and other residue, using a pressure washer with a fan spray nozzle. Use the low power setting to avoid damaging the wood. 
  • Let the deck dry thoroughly before applying new finish.
5
APPLY FINISH
Apply finish - Give Your DeckFresh New Look
  • Apply finish material with a sprayer. Use a hand-pumped unit for small deck areas, applying finish on small decks with a roller and brush. 
  • Use a roller on decking after spraying to force finish into the wood and to spread out any pooled liquid.
6
USE A BRUSH
Use a brush - Give Your DeckFresh New Look
  • Use a brush to work the finish into the end grain, seams and gaps between boards. 
  • This method is called back-brushing. Back-brush vertical surfaces to remove drips. 
  • Should the end grain soak up most of the finish, you may need to apply more.