The weather is the greatest enemy of wood and over the time it damages it significantly to the point that you must restore it. When you work with the weather-beaten deck stain, getting it back in the normal shape requires a bit of effort. Luckily, you can find everything you want in the local paint store to remove the “washed-out” appearance.
In this article, we will cover the basics of how to restore it in the normal condition, so stay tuned and do write us if you have any suggestions!
Step 1 – Surface preparation
When you are dealing with the buildings that are 100+ years old, you have to be careful as the high-pressure sprayers can knock the boards and make a damage to the building/structure. This method is used only when you are dealing with the stable architecture that is not prone to falling apart.
Instead, you have to use the old-fashioned method of scraping the paint by putty knife. Also, some older paints from the 20th century or earlier, may contain lead in its structure, so it is recommended to use a protective mask to block the lead particles from entering the nose.
Step 2 – Sand the wood
Once you scrape the paint, the next step is to sand and brush the entire building so the wood is “naked”. You can use a wire brush or sand paper to smooth the surface out and prepare it for the primer and paint. Or, if you have any cracks, for filling up the cracks as these will not be filled with the paint and will be even more visible.
Moldings or soffits are easily smoothed using a belt sander. Though you may think this step is not necessary, it will extend the lifespan of the wood significantly.
Step 3 – Caulk wherever needed
Over the time, especially if exposed to heavy raining and snow, the wood will start to crack. Once cracked, you cannot close these cracks in any other way than to caulk these. Use a caulk to fill the gaps and close these so you could apply the primer and paint over.
Alternatively, use wood putty and close the gap with it, but make sure that the surface is flat. Acrylic caulk is the best type of it as it covers the cracks but also provides a nice look. Caulk or putty – the choice is yours. However, it is probably easier to work with putty.
Wash with water and add primer
Once everything is sealed and brushed, use a water hose to clean the surface from any remaining dust and grime as this can disrupt the paint applying. Once you wash with water, let the building dry properly, for a couple of days if possible.
Once dry, the last step before adding the paint is to apply the primer to ensure the long-lasting effects of the paint. Make sure you add the primer once (on the entire building) and let it dry for 24 hours and then add it again. Once you let it dry for another 24 hours, you can start painting.