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Check the deck by dripping some water on it. Does the deck absorb the water or does it bead up and roll away? If it beads up, it would be a waste to reseal, as the old seal is still doing its job.

I start by thoroughly washing and clean the deck surfaces with a pressure washer. Use a wide spray pattern nozzle (not the needle stream pattern), keep the pressure down and the tip away from the surface. Pressure washers can create pressurized streams of water that can literally bore holes in your deck material if you're not careful or not paying attention. Spot remove mold and mildew with a 50/50 mixture of water & bleach and rinse thoroughly. Clean and rinse other stains with products designed for this use by hand as needed.

Allow the deck to dry completely. If you used a pressure washer - it will require longer time than normal to dry. Some sealants allow for sealing before drying (but I don't know how well they work).

Purchase a quality sealant - such as Thompson's Water Seal (there are others, too). Read and apply as per the directions. Ask the sales people if you have questions about applicators and coverage based of the size of the container. Some sealers recommend the use of a roller or an air pressurized sprayer and wand to apply two thin coats of sealer - rather than a single heavy coat. Both methods have their good points and bad - so neither is better of worse than the other really. You could alternate methods each time you apply sealant to get the best protection. The spray method is faster - but results in much more waste. The spray also gets to the sides of the deck boards rather than just sitting on the top surfaces. Don't forget to apply to the ends of boards wherever exposed, railings, balusters, stair risers and any other untreated wood exposed to weather.

I hope this helps & good luck! Please rate my reply. Thank you.

Posted on Apr 05, 2011


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