This post is sponsored by Lowe & # 39; s.
Bridges built with dimensional timber are super affordable, but can also be quite flying. If you have a deck that is due to a new coat of stain or has fallen into disuse, like our friends, here are some tips for fixing, preparation and coloring that might prove useful. And with the cold weather coming fast, now is the perfect time to tackle this project and make sure your deck is ready for the harsh elements of the winter.
Materials used for this project
If repair is necessary
Repair the decking
The key to a durable coating with the bridge in good condition. All rotting or deformed cards must be replaced or redone.
Remove all weak, bad or damaged boards, as well as those that are too deformed to reconnect. It helps to build a couple of modules to keep a constant spacing.
These were just a few pieces of scrap wood with nails that crossed them. We fix the nails in the spaces between the boars and fix the plates tightly together. The nails would keep a constant space of 1/8 of an inch between the tabs.
We also used clamps to hold the boards on the bridge while we screwed them up. This helped us remove some distortion and allowed us to pull the boards flush and evenly.
Prepare and wash the deck
Once the structure is repaired, you want to prepare the wood to properly accept the stain. First, scrape and sand all the wood to remove the splinters.
After sanding, give the bridge a good pressure wash (we used this Crafstman high pressure cleaner from Lowe & # 39; s) to remove dirt and dirt that may be present. Be careful not to put the washing machine nozzle too close to the wood, as it may damage it.
Using a good deck cleaner, wipe the floor with a stiff nylon brush to further break the dirt, then wash the pressure again.
Allow the deck to dry for several hours or overnight before staining.
Lay the clothes and apply the stain
There are a couple of ways you can spot – using a sprayer or a brush. In many cases you will do a combination of the two. If using a sprayer, be sure to cover everything in the vicinity and do not stain.
We used the Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus from Lowe & # 39; s and it was a total dream. Very homogeneous spray without globules. For this deck we used the Cabot Semi-Transparent Stains Deck, so the Graco tips 313 and 413 worked perfectly. If you want a little slower than a spray, you can opt for the 311 or 411 (the spray from 6 to 8 inches and the spray from 400 to 8-10). I used the 313 on the rails since it had a tighter spraying pattern and the 413 on the bridge to provide wider coverage and reduce the time.
I also used an extension of the nozzle for the main areas of the deck to save my back.
With a sprayer, plan on several hands. You do not want to spray too much at once or get it too heavy, otherwise start filling the areas and you need to clean it and do it again. Take your time, apply thin layers and you will be so satisfied with the final result.
Although projects like this may seem daunting, having the right tools and planning for a few days helps make it seem more accessible. Do it well and this is a project that will keep your deck fresh for years.