All it takes is one day of work to revive some of the most tired or neglected outdoor spaces. Did you know, for example, that there are a wide variety of do-it-yourself products these days, some of which can make deck restoration so easy? One weekend is all you need to transform the look of your backyard – and it’s true that refinishing your deck can be done in just three simple steps:

1. Protect Yourself and Your Work Space

Wet the plant life around the deck then cover to protect against product run-off. Wear old clothes, protective glasses and gloves. Clear the deck of all furniture and decorative items.

2. Prepare the Surface

It’s important to clean the deck first, according to manufacturers of the Thompson’s WaterSeal products. An effective solution is their Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner, but be sure to follow the usage instructions. These products should be applied with a staining brush and then rinsed with a garden hose or pressure washer. Then repair loose screws or damaged boards on the deck surface.

3. Apply the Sealer

Allow the deck to dry from the rinse for a few hours and then you can protect the surface. Another popular DIY product for the job is Thompson’s WaterSeal Advanced Formula. Available in clear, honey gold, nutmeg brown, and natural cedar finishes, it can be easily matched to exterior paint or siding.

To prolong the life of your equipment when you are finished, clean it thoroughly with soap and water.


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