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Refinishing a Deck

Our deck was built 11 years ago and was in desperate need of refinishing. It was covered in mold and mildew, which made it unsightly and very slippery in our rainy weather. We enlisted the help of our kids and were able to get it done fairly quickly. Now have a beautiful deck again!



  1. First we applied a mold and mildew remover to the deck, following package directions.
  2. Next we pressure washed the deck and railings. When pressure washing the wood, it is important to adjust the pressure so that you don't tear up the wood too much.
  3. Next we sanded the deck and the surrounding railing with a power sander and a handheld sander. For hard to reach places we used small pieces from a sheet of sandpaper.
  4. We had a few boards that had some dry rot. If the dry rot isn't too extensive you can pry up these boards and flip them over to reuse them. We sanded the undersides of these boards and nailed them back into place. Note: If only one end of the board is rotten, you can cut the board where it is nailed to a joist. If you do this, make sure to leave room to nail both ends back down (see photo 5).
  5. We used a paint roller to apply stain to the bigger areas and a brush to get in the cracks and on the railings.
  6. This is the final result!

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September 27, 20180 found this helpful

I love the stain color. I need to stain our screen porch floor. What is the color name and brand you used?

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September 30, 20180 found this helpful

Looks great! Mine needs this so bad,I think I will do this!! I was wondering what to do with mine to make it look better.. Thanks for the tip.

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