How I Brought My Near Dead Porch Back To Life

TaKenya Hampton
by TaKenya Hampton
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1 Hour

How I use a wood sealer to protect my wood porch and give a completely new look

It’s so important to protect your outdoor surfaces from water damage. But it is also important to make it cute too.

Start by putting painter’s tape around any area that you won’t want stain to get onto.

One of my best tips is to place painter’s tape right up against the siding of your house. Particularly if you’re using the Water Seal on a deck/surface attached to your home.

Cover surfaces that aren’t meant to have this sealant on them are covered with some form of painter’s tape.

Let me be perfectly honest, I skipped this step cause I absolutely hate taping. But we took our time and kept a wet rag nearby for slip-ups. I like to share the right way to do things with you guys. Sometimes I am not a good example. Do as I say, not as I do!

Always start with the railings if you have railings on the surface you’re working with. This is due to the fact that you won’t be able to walk on your deck for a little while as The Water Seal needs some time to dry before you can walk on it.

We rented a sander from home depot to prepare the wood. This step may not be necessary, but it definitely was for us.

We started by going around the edge outside and inside of the railings, and steps with a paint brush. Then we used the Wagners Deckmaster Pad system and it made this SUPER EASY. And it allowed us to get between the wooden board with ease as well.

While you may want to get in between the boards of your deck, it’s not absolutely necessary unless there are large gaps between boards. In this case, you can use a small paintbrush to apply Water Seal in between the gaps.

Now that you’ve applied Thompson’s Water Seal following the instructions above, to your entire surface, you can walk away and let it dry for 24 hours.

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  • William William on Jun 19, 2019

    Great job and some super tips. Looks amazing. A lot of people don't prep properly and wonder what went wrong. We live in such a fast paced society people want instant gratification. Prep is the key and taking no shortcuts.

  • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jun 21, 2019

    Awesome! Great job and lovely porch!!