Our new house got a new deck right before we moved in. The old one was pretty nasty I guess and it had poor drainage which resulted in a wet garage. Fortunately, (hopefully!) the drainage problem was addressed when the deck was replaced, but I suppose we shall see when spring thaw rolls around.
Here’s the fresh deck:
My understanding from my trusty Menards guy is that the green-treated wood needs to be exposed to the elements for a period of time before you can apply any kind of weatherproofing to it. Since we think this was done in June-ish, I decided we are in the clear.
I checked the forecast fairly religiously looking for 5 days in a row without rain. It had to have enough time to dry out from the previous rain on the front end, and then enough time on the back end for the stuff to dry and cure before more weather hits.
Monday was the day! I headed over to Menards in the early afternoon to pick up supplies. They’ve got lots of choices! The most important factor to me was not having to do this every single year in order to maintain the integrity of the wood. There were two brands that were recommended and I went with this one, which was about $12 more expensive than the other brand, ($37/gallon, which is about what I was anticipating spending anyway) because I liked the label on the can better. Don’t judge, this is how I choose a bottle of wine too. =)
This one is oil based, which takes longer to dry, but which I prefer because in my mind, oils take a whole lot less processing to produce than anything poly-based. It’s stinky, but I love the smell from my oil painting art-kid days. Theres nothing like the aroma of linseed oil! I had it tinted and was on my way. I also picked up a 4″ bristle brush, some 22o grit sanding discs, and some gloves.
I swept the deck and gave each board a light sanding with the 220 grit on my palm sander. You could do it by had if you want to get a good upper body and core workout but I was trying to crack it out before I had to pick up my daughter from school. Sweep again to remove the dust from sanding and you are ready to roll!
Starting furthest from the door (don’t paint yourself into a corner!) work lengthwise down each board. With anything that stains, you never want to do the boards in sections or you will see visible lines where you overlap strokes. Start at one end of one board and work all the way across it, applying a medium to lightish coat. Make sure it sinks in and you don’t miss any spots. Clean up drips right away. Blend strokes into each other so it looks seamless, and make sure you don’t have a puddles or pools. Continue in the manner until you’ve covered each board. Read the directions on the can (honestly, I had the Menards guy do this because I make a point to NEVER read directions ;)) so you know how long you have to stay off the wood until it’s dry. My stuff said 3 days.
Here’s the finished product:
The color is a bit cooler and more gray than the I had hoped, but it’s fine. We shall see how the quality is when spring comes along, the Menards guy says it should be good for 5-6 years.
That’s another homeowner project to cross off the to-do list! Total project cost: $46 (but I’ve got an 11% off rebate coming from Menards!) and 3 hours of labor.