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Old 12-09-2010, 11:06 PM   #1
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Deck Restoration

ISSUE: I recently purchased a home with a large redwood deck which is attached to the second story of the back side of the residence. The deck is in relatively decent shape and is structurally sound. However, the previous owners painted the surface of the deck with a dark red-tone paint. The deck is worn and the paint seems to come off easily when using a pressure washer. My goal is to repaint the support posts and safety railing white and restore the decking surface to it's natural wood tone. Sounds easy enough....power washing, a bit of sanding, maybe introduce some chemicals to the tough to clean spots right...?

Here's the problem, the decking is secured with standard #2 phillips head deck screws. The majority of the screws are protruding between 1/8- 1/4". Almost all of the screw heads are completely filled in with paint and my impact driver with a #2 phillips bit will not bite to drive the screws into the wood further to allow sanding. I have tried a wire Dremmel attachment, power washing, and chiseling with a dental pick. I tried applying paint stripper onto several heads and that does break up the paint allowing me to drive the screws in. The problem with that technique is time....I have about 2,000 screws that need to be driven down......

I am a bit hesitant to introduce a large amount of harsh chemicals to the deck as directly below is my spa area, pool deck, and part of my garden.

Any advice or techniques would be helpful.


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Old 12-10-2010, 07:47 AM   #2
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Paint is ususally softer then the phillips head bit. Try using a hammer to tap the bit into the paint to compress it enough to get a bit on the screw.


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