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Old 06-19-2018, 03:40 PM   #1
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wood deck needs some love


Hello everyone. Recently moved into a new home and the outdoor wood deck by the pool is in terrible shape. I cant even gauge how old it is but it really needs some TLC. However, sometime over the next 2 years we are planning to completely remove this deck and redo the entire outside area/patio/pool so I dont want to go overboard and spend days sanding, replacing boards etc.

I already powerwashed the entire deck and it looks so much better. I could probably live with the bare wood color but the wood is so old that I wouldn't want to walk barefoot on it. For the time being I have decided to use some type of stain/sealant to give it a little color and protection until we remove it. I think it needs to be sanded first so I was planning on renting a orbital floor sander from homedepot first.

Any advice on this project?
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I rarely sand decking, maybe if someone got overly aggressive with a pressure washer.
I'd apply 2 coats of a solid deck stain.
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I rarely sand decking, maybe if someone got overly aggressive with a pressure washer.
I'd apply 2 coats of a solid deck stain.
Well I dont feel comfortable with the kids walking on this wood barefoot after coming out the pool. I suppose my question is this,,, will I have to do some real heavy duty sanding to remove enough material to make it smooth based off the pictures? (If you can tell by the pics)
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Well I dont feel comfortable with the kids walking on this wood barefoot after coming out the pool. I suppose my question is this,,, will I have to do some real heavy duty sanding to remove enough material to make it smooth based off the pictures? (If you can tell by the pics)
I don't like this stuff because I don't think it lasts like they say but for a year or two one like this might work for you.
https://www.google.ca/search?q=thick...=1529443943738
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I'd agree with Neal , i've seen the Behr deck over on a deck that was applied two years prior , and it still looked pretty good to me , and it filled in a lot of divots, dings and splintering .
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I'd agree with Neal , i've seen the Behr deck over on a deck that was applied two years prior , and it still looked pretty good to me , and it filled in a lot of divots, dings and splintering .
That's good to know and looks like a decent product. I figure my deck is about 500 square ft (trapzoid shape) so a 5 gallon bucket should hopefully be enough for 2 coats.

Wondering if I should stick with a smooth finish or textured.

I'll prep with the Behr wood cleaner and I dont think a primer is necessary
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That's good to know and looks like a decent product. I figure my deck is about 500 square ft (trapzoid shape) so a 5 gallon bucket should hopefully be enough for 2 coats.

Wondering if I should stick with a smooth finish or textured.

I'll prep with the Behr wood cleaner and I dont think a primer is necessary
rough so it is not slippery.
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https://www.truthinadvertising.org/w...-complaint.pdf

There are 4 class action lawsuits pending against Behr for their DeckOver product. It might last as long as you need it until you replace the deck or from the sounds of it, it might not.
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Your decking has aged too much for you to be able to sand it all nice and smooth as that would entail removing too much wood.


I don't like those restore type deck coatings! They will fail sooner or later and it would be a next to impossible chore to get the deck ready for another coat once the first has peeled. 2 coats of deck stain won't make the old wood smooth but will go a long ways towards making it look nicer and will make the weather cracks less noticeable. But the main thing is, if plans change it won't be a big deal to prep and recoat later!
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What I would suggest is; rent a square buffer and sand over the deck with a few grits. I'd probably do 80 grit, 100 grit and then 120. This won't get it perfect, but it will clean it up a lot. Plus square buffers are very easy to operate and most rental stores rent them, including Home Depot.

For finishing, I would recommend a penetrating finish over a coating type of finish. All coating type finishes peel and don't hold up well. Some of my preferred stain/finishes for decks are; Flood, Sikkens, SealOnce Nano Guard, and Rubio Monocoat Hybrid Oil.

Hope this helps.
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All great information thank you.

I guess I have quite a few options to consider. But like I said, this deck will be removed in 2 years max so a very detailed job is not what I'm interested in.

Ideally I would like to stain it to get a nice color and not have to sand. As I read into these deck coatings they seem hit or miss. But since this deck will only go another year or two, a deck coating might be better since I wont have to rent a floor sander and there are lots of color options
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I would add that if anyone does sand a deck they need to countersink all the nails/screws so they won't shred the paper although the gap between boards is still hard on the paper.
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Is that the only patio/deck in the yard. Is there another patio near the
house? Is this suppose to be a seating area by the pool, with some
lawn chairs etc?
Can you show us more of the layout, or draw up a birds eye view of
the backyard? I have some ideas but need to first know if this is just
a 'pool patio'.
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The existing deck wood really isn't worth 'fixing'.
The other pieces are ready for the dump.
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I wouldn't, but...

Do you have access to a portable planer?
Pull up the boards, pull the nails, plane, replace.
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Why not put down some outdoor carpeting ? Relatively cheap , easy on the feet and covers/hides the mess you have there now .
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