Deck Rescue: Make Old Wood New Again

Firstly, don’t give up on your deck, no matter how dull and grey its gotten, no matter how many layers are peeling away. You CAN fall in love with your outdoor space all over again.

Secondly, don’t add another layer of stain until you’ve read this. Proper prep is THE MOST important part of a great finish. About 95% of finish failures are due to improper preparation. Stains require a clean, sound surface to penetrate – free of dirt, dust, grease, mildew, loose wood fibres, mill glaze and barbecue sauce. So don’t skip the prep step. Work with a cleaner that’s made for your deck in particular.

 

Grey, Weathered Wood?

So you haven’t touched a deckboard since the deck was built, and there’s green mould behind the garbage bucket you’re fairly sure science hasn’t discovered yet? You need RESTORE. Use RESTORE to remove dead wood fibres, heavy mould or mildew. Pair with BRIGHTEN to finish the job, and you’ll be amazed by the transformation.

Restore Deck Cleaner

Already Stained Wood?

If you’ve previously stained your deck and are ready for a re-coat, be sure to remove those extra layers of existing stain so the new coat can fully penetrate all areas.. REMOVE Finish Remover will remove existing oil and/or latex finishes, even solid colour stains and water sealers. Pair with BRIGHTEN to finish the process and neutralize the residue.

Unfinished Wood?

If you’ve been good with regular deck upkeep and maintaining that clean, golden glow each season, you may be able to skip right to CLEAN. Benjamin Moore’s Multi-Purpose cleaner removes surface dirt, mould and mildew for a fresh deck each year and a clean starting surface if you’re finally ready to commit to a stain colour.

Brand New Wood?

“Mill Glaze” is found on all new wood, and it interferes with the adhesion and penetration of stain. Benjamin Moore’s specialized cleaner, BRIGHTEN, will remove this mill glaze. Sand with 80 grit sandpaper to give your boards the extra “teeth” required for the stain to penetrate.

Benjamin Moore Cleaners are a concentrated formula. One gallon of cleaner actually makes 30 litres of cleaner.

Tools for the Job
Soft Grip Steel Scrub Wire Brush

12″ Soft Grip Steel Scrub Wire Brush

Use in conjunction with a Pressure Washer for best results.

While a deck broom will do the trick, try the 12″ Soft Grip Steel Wire Scrub Brush, which has a little more bite and a threaded handle for use with extension pole (or broom handle!)

Also, don’t forget:

  • Latex Gloves
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Sunscreen

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Donny Traverse

Donny Traverse

Donny is the other half of Torbay Road's dynamic Traverse duo. Whether it's Donny or Darrell you meet in store, expect big smiles and sound advice.
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