Refurbishing Your Old Wooden Porch

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Get Rid Of Stains

Depending on the condition of the wood, removing all the stains can be the most time-consuming part of the project. Sanding is one way to eliminate the stains if you do not wish to work with chemicals. Sandpaper can remove a few stains quickly. In the areas with too many stains to count, it is best to use an electric sander which will not test your patience as much.

Most stripper products are acid-based and therefore toxic, but you can opt to buy a mild and biodegradable stripping product. Choose a small sample of the stripper product if you are unsure which is the best for your wood stains, test it on a small area first. For protection, you should wear gloves, goggles and a mask. Plants and children should be kept away during the stripping process. If you care for your plant bushes underneath your porch, cover them with some large plastic bags to ensure chemicals do not reach them by accident. Follow the instructions on the product as methods might differ. In most cases, strippers can be applied with a paintbrush, doing small areas at a time and rinsing them off on time. The best day to work with chemicals is on a cloudy, cool day to ensure that the chemicals do not evaporate and dry too quick.

Restore The Wood (optional)

Aged wood or gray wood can be covered with a commercial deck restoration product. These products can revive the original color and beauty of the wood. Once a layer is added and dried, it can be rinsed. It should be completely dry again before the finish gets painted on.

“Finishing” Your Wood Deck

You should seal your deck with a good finish if it is not. They can come in varieties of colors, or you can choose a colorless finish if you want to keep the look of your wood original. Test whether the porch has been sealed by sprinkling a few drops of water on the wood if the water gets soaked up right away the wood has not been sealed. The best wood finish is one that contains either paraffin, or oil which keeps moisture from soaking in. Some products contain UV blockers or pigment to keep the wood protected from the sun. Choose a finish that contains insecticide if your home is prone to wood-eating bugs. Most finishes soak into the wood and last for a long time. Films like paint will need re-coating sooner as they only coat the surface. They tend to peel more easily and shows wear patterns quicker. Water-based finishes can be easily applied and cleaned up, although an oil/alkyd-based finish is a better protector. For deck of the porch, it is best to use a paint roller while paint brushes will do a better job when it comes to applying the finish to the railings.

After your deck is dry, you can return the furniture and enjoy the fresh new look. Resealing can be done every couple of years. However, it is important to keep an eye on your porch and give it a new coat as soon as you see fit, because weather-related damage can occur the longer you delay. Refurbishing your wooden porch is definitively one of the easiest ways to bring a new look to your home.

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