Here is a quick guide for painting decks at home.
- Deck cleaner
- Deck stain/paint
- Edging pads
- Paint roller + Extension
- Painter’s tape
#1) Remove furniture and decorations. Sweep away debris with a broom.
#2) Sand rough spots in the wood, and nail in any loose nails.
#3) Clean the surface with a long-arm brush and deck cleaner solution. Allow this to dry for 48 hours minimum.
Tip: Brushes and cleaners are available at most home-improvement stores, and together should cost no more than $50.
#4) Use painter’s tape to tape off edges of any exposed wood to avoid staining.
#5) Paint between slats with an edging pad. Dip the edging pad into the stain, rub between the boards, and roll over with a paint roller to avoid dripping.
Blanner, Julie. Stain Between The Slats. Digital image. Julie Blanner. Julie Blanner, Feb.-Mar. 2015. Web. Apr.-May 2015. <http://julieblanner.com/how-to-stain-a-deck/>.
#6) Stain the nails with a small sponge, or edge of roller to avoid missing them when staining the boards– the method for achieving a smooth finish is often to swift, and can miss nails entirely.
#7) Dip paint roller in stain, and roll across boards. Leave this to dry for at least 48 hours.
#1) Do not apply in direct sunlight.
#2) Check forecast prior to application to avoid rain.
#3) Leave pressure washing to professionals– this can do more damage than good.