Step 1: Apply Stain Lifting Agent / Deck Cleaner
Bio-degradable stain lifting agent is applied evenly on decking and worked into floor boards with stiff bristle brush. This begins the process of breaking down old finish and oxidized dead wood cell fibers allowing them to be washed away. Most deck strippers will not remove solid stain or paints, in which case sanding will be recommended. See DECKSTERIORS 5 Step Sanding.
Step 2: Pressure Washing
DECKSTERIORS uses broad even passes with 1,500 psi forced water generated from commercial pressure washers to remove old finish, mildew, dirt and dead gray wood cell fibers. Experience is critical when choosing a contractor for pressure washing as inexperienced operators can do much more harm than good when using these powerful tools and ultimately cost much more money to repair. Too much pressure will actually damage the wood and result in lap marks and gouged wood. Too little pressure will not remove the previous finish or dead wood cells and result in sealer that does not penetrate and protect the lumber properly.
Step 3: Apply Brightener & Conditioner
After the deck has been pressure washed of the old finish with stain lifting agent it is necessary to condition the lumber with wood brightener. Stain lifting agents initially darken the wood grain by raising the pH levels. Applying brightener neutralizes the elevated pH level and returns the wood to its natural beauty and color. The conditioner helps open the wood grain pores to best receive oil based transparent sealer.
Step 4: Sanding
After deck has dried completely, usually 24 - 48 hours, DECKSTERIORS sands all handrail caps and flooring that may have a "furred" appearance as a result of the pressure washing process. This final step prior to applying the new sealer completes the prepping of your "new" deck
Step 5: Apply Oil Based Transparent Sealer
We apply the highest rated oil based sealers through a combination of sprayers, sponges and brushes. We utilize a combination of tarps and plastics to protect your siding, plants, patio furniture and surrounding area. With multiple colors to choose from, DECKSTERIORS will work with you to determine the finish that’s right for you.