The "Dexpert" - Stain and Coatings Done Right
Before and After
 
A Redwood Deck Rehabilitation...
4 year old Redwood Deck
4 year old Redwood Deck
This is the condition we found the deck in after removing surface dirt and leaves.
Step 1: Cleaning
Step 1: Cleaning
We started by applying wood detergent to the deck and scrubbing it with a stiff bristled brush followed by a rinse.
Step 2: Recleaning
Step 2: Recleaning
This particular deck had a heavy accumulation of dirt and pollen from large dogs and a heavily treed lot; because of this we repeated the cleaning procedure 2 more times before thouroughly rinsing the deck again.
Step 3: Brightening
Step 3: Brightening
After the cleaning we apllied a 50/50 mixture of Olympic wood brightener and water to the deck to help bring out the natural color of the redwood.
Step 4: Sanding
Step 4: Sanding
The next morning the deck had grayed enough to indicate that there was a need to remove loose and oxidized wood fiber by sanding. We started with a heavy 40 grit paper and then resanded with a lighter 100 grit. In this picture only the section at the left had been sanded.
Step 5: Stain and Seal
Step 5: Stain and Seal
After all that prep, we finally got to protect the deck with a generous coat of Cabot's Pacific Redwood Translucent Wood Toner. This was applied with a high pressure airless sprayer and rubbed into the wood with a ShurLine Applicator pad. The result is a deck that is both beautiful and durable.
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