DIY YOUR DECK WITH THE EXPERTS

Summer’s upon us. That means it’s time to slap on some sunscreen, dust off the outdoor cushions, grab a book (and a cocktail) and head to your deck for some chill time. But hold on – how’s the state of your deck? Fit for relaxing or in desperate need of a lift?

In our last post, we shared some of the signs your deck may be in need of some TLC. Basically, if your deck is patchy, weathered, mouldy or mildewy, it’s time revive your deck. Here’s our suggestions for getting your deck summer-ready.

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GREAT WEATHER FOR DECKS

What essential piece of equipment do you need to stain your deck? Hint: it’s not a paintbrush, roller or a pressure washer. Your most important tool is your smart phone and meteorology app – particularly if your deck is exposed to the elements.

WHY?

You need at least 24 hours without rain to get the best results from your specialty products. So, check the forecast and also keep in mind that direct sunlight can be as damaging to your end result as rain. If your deck is too hot, the product won’t adhere to the timber and it will give a patchy result.

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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TREAT YOUR DECK?

If you have days of fair weather – no rain and not too hot – go for it! If there’s a chance of rain or high temperatures, wait for a break in the weather.

PERFECT PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR DECKING PERFORMANCE

It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “Give me six hours to cut down a tree, and I’ll spend five hours sharpening my axe.” And who can argue with Honest Abe? Preparation is key to not only extending the performance and longevity of your deck, but also to getting the absolute most out of our technologically-advanced wood care products.

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WHAT’S THE FIRST THING I DO WHEN STAINING MY DECK?

The first thing to do when staining your deck is to clean it thoroughly. Before applying deck stain, all surface tannins, water stains, extractives and dirt must be removed. This allows the timber grain to open, so the stain can penetrate and adhere to the decking.

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SHOULD I CLEAN MY DECK PRIOR TO STAINING?

Yes. Use Simply Woodcare Wood Cleaner with a stiff scrubbing brush. Allow to stand for ten minutes before using a pressure cleaner to rinse the product off your deck.

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HIT THE DECK

Deck clean? Deck dry? Good – now’s the time to apply your deck stain in your chosen colour (click here for the latest trends in timber colour). In terms of the amount of product required, each timber variety has different characteristics, and coating specifications change for each.

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HOW MUCH STAIN DO I USE FOR MY DECK?

A basic formula to determine how much product you need is to calculate your deck’s square meterage. For example, if your deck is 6m x 5m that means it’s 30 square metres. Haymes Dexpress has a coverage rate of 10 square metres per litre, therefore divide 30 by 10 which will give you 3, then double that amount for the 2 coats you require. Ok that’s enough maths for one day!

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HOW DO I APPLY MY STAIN?

When applying the stain, be sure to apply as per our specifications so you get the life, colour and sheen that you expect. Apply it generously along the length of the board, working two to three boards at a time, using a good quality brush and applicator. If you’re trying a new colour for your deck, you may like to test the product on an unobtrusive area, or use an off-cut piece of timber first so you can have a good understanding of how the end result will look.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY DECK?

Finally, periodically cleaning your deck with either a mild detergent or Simply Woodcare Wood Cleaner will rejuvenate the deck’s surface and extend its life by removing dirt and stains.

Haymes has a range of products specifically designed to protect and enhance the natural beauty of your timber. Visit your local paint specialist or check out our Haymes Simply Woodcare range online. The best way to find a product suited for your deck is to look at the samples displayed in store, or alternatively take a sample home if available.

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DECKED-OUT AND READY TO GO

Recoating your deck is one of the (rare!) jobs around the home where you get a real sense of achievement with noticeable results. So, what are you waiting for, go forth and enjoy being in your outdoors this summer!

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