Here’s a few tips on how to give your deck a complete refresh in just two days
Firstly. Check your local weather guide and keep your eyes on the skies. Two back-to-back days of sunshine are ideal for a project like this. It means that the deck will have no troubles drying. Especially if it isn’t under full cover.
In the above video we dedicated the first day to cleaning and preparing the deck. This meant completely getting rid of dirt, residue and oils and what not out of the timber. To do this we first used a broom to sweep the deck, brush on one coat of PowerPrep (don’t let this dry) and hose that off after 2 or 3 minutes, then brush on one coat of Integrain Reviva and hose that off after 5 to 6 minutes. And then let the area dry.
All of this only took a few hours. The rest of the day was dedicated to letting the deck properly dry. If any moisture was left in the timber before we stained it, the finish would bubble and peel.
Once the deck was properly dry, Barry applied two coats of Integrain Ultradeck (we used a Natural Stain), allowing one hour dry time between the first and second coat. For this step he used the new Integrain Deck Brush and mentioned that he found it easier to use than the traditional decking applicator.
After the project was finished, we left this to dry completely for another full day before walking over. We also allowed an extra day on top of that before adding the furniture back on to the deck. If getting furniture back on there sooner is a priority, we would recommend using something like rubber placeholders underneath them to prevent any damage to the project.
Namely, before you tackle any type of decking project over the summer, make sure you head to Inspirations Paint to chat to our team of experts about the finer details of your project first. This way you will get it done right the first time. You can find your nearest Inspirations Paint store here.