If harsh winter weather or habitual neglect has taken a heavy toll on your wooden deck, you may still be able to save it. How? By applying one of the super-thick 100% acrylic latex deck coatings that can help restore, as well as refinish, weather-beaten wood.
Recently introduced as a means of rescuing endangered surfaces of all kinds, these new coatings actually fill in and help conceal cracks and crevices up to ¼-inch deep. They come in a wide range of attractive colors. And, they create a slip-resistant finish that resists future cracking and peeling.
If you’d rather salvage your old wooden deck rather than spring for the cost of a new one, then set aside some time to apply one of these amazing new coatings.
Start by carefully inspecting the condition of your deck. If you find any boards that are rotting or unstable, you’ll need to replace them. You should also sand any surface where the wood is splintered, but otherwise sound.
Next, thoroughly clean the deck to remove all the dirt, mildew, and stains. You can do this in one of two ways: either by using a commercial deck cleaner or by power-washing the surface.
Begin to apply the deck coating by spot-filling any nail holes or large cracks in the wood using a synthetic-bristle brush. (Deep holes or wide cracks may take two applications.) Then use the brush to apply the coating to the spaces between boards, in tight corners, and on the edges of the deck.
Switch to a long-handled roller to apply the coating to the rest of the surface. Be sure to roll on a generous, even coat of the product. If the wood has a lot of hairline cracks, use a roller with ½-inch nap to apply an extra-thick coat; otherwise, a ¼-inch nap roller should be sufficient.
If you are also applying the coating to railings or other vertical surfaces, use either a brush or roller, and apply a slightly thinner coat. By doing so, you’ll avoid the risk of the coating “sagging” as it dries.
When restoring a badly weather-beaten deck, it’s essential that you apply a second coat to the entire surface. Check the label on the can to see how soon the second coat can be applied and for other specifics about the product you are using.
Once the surface of your deck is dry and you see its beauty restored, you may be tempted to use a super-thick coating on other outdoor surfaces. In fact, many of these products can also be applied to porches and patios, pool decks and boat docks – and not just those made of wood, but on composite materials, and concrete, too.
Super-thick coatings can bring new life back to a wide variety of old surfaces. And if you apply a product made with 100 percent acrylic, the good looks will last for a long time to come!