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  • Decatur, AL
Asked on Mar 27, 2018

How do we finish a wooden deck that’s five years old?

LynnJoy30150932Lee Brede


5 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Mar 27, 2018

    Hi Peg, I would power wash it first before putting down any kind of seallant
  • Barb Adams
    on Mar 27, 2018

    To renew a wooden deck, first replace any cracked or weakened boards, scrub the surface with a deck cleaner of your choice. Using a power washer is best but a long handled brush will work, but take longer. Rinse thoroughly. If any stains are left, work on those and rinse. Apply deck brighter. Rinse. Apply a water based sealer with a large paint pad on a long handle. Allow to dry and enjoy! See Ron Hazelton article on deck rejuvenation:
  • Lee Brede
    on Mar 27, 2018

    power wash, coat with olympic stain. I use this system on my deck in Canada/ Olympic will last for several years. It is expensive but watch for sales. Comes in many colors. We put it on with a roller.
  • Joy30150932
    on Mar 27, 2018

    If you must put something on it, use only the transparent stain. Anything else will probably peel over time and cause you headaches. Clean well first with a power washer and soap and then rinse thoroughly. Let dry completely before painting.
  • Lynn
    on Mar 27, 2018

    A powerwasher will clean your deck even without a cleaner, make sure it’s completely dry before staining. If deck is in bad shape try Pli-Dek a spongy surfacing so no need to worry about splinters
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