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The best way to refinish your wood deck is not to skimp on the preparation and products used. Any master painter will tell you surface preparation is 80% of the project labor. The worst enemy of your families back yard deck is the dirt, sun light, rain & snow and foot traffic.

Taking into consideration these variables these are my recommendations.

When starting your project use quality materials the little extra cost may ad an extra year of life to your deck.

Step 1) Blow of leaves and dirt with a light pressure wash.

Step 2) Cover any plants with a clear light plastic to protect against chemicals though most products are now designed to be safe to plant life. I like to be sure.

Step 3) Spray a chemical cleaning solution and let the cooking time of the chemical work, important to follow directions on product container. You can buy at a paint store or Home Center depot type location.

Step 4) Pressure wash with water within 4 -6 inches from the deck away from the house.

Step 5) Spray a chemical bleaching agent allow to cook for time recommendation.
This will return the wood to a original new color.

Step 6) Pressure wash with water within 4 -6 inches from the deck away from the house.

Step 7) Apply a PH neutralizer spray as be for with other chemicals. This will help the stain to penetrate and last longer.

Step 8) Pressure wash with water within 4 -6 inches from the deck away from the house.

Step 9) All the washing is done. If you use a water base stain apply with a brush when the deck is dry but with your hand feels damp. This helps to delay the curing process and end up with a harder longer lasting finish.

9) Alternate if you use an oil base stain wait until deck is completely dry up to 2 days in direct sunlight. Then apply your oil base stain with a brush application.

Step 10) "Ancient Painters Secret" Apply a second coat of stain one day later.

The second coat of stain is the key to a long lasting deck refinishing process. This adds extra protection from the ultra violet rays of the sunlight as well as harsh weather conditions of rain and snow. The whole process may take up to 3 or 4 days, but it will make your deck last twice as long.

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James Zakel, Cleveland Coatings
4448 Douse Ave.
Independence, OH 44131

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