| Remove the deckboards and flip them over. The new sides won't be
Good idea. The backsides may have a lot of mildew, but
it can be removed with a solution of about 1 part bleach
in 3-4 parts water.
It's probably not a small job, though. If the boards were
put down with ringed deck nails it may be very difficult
to get them up, and a lot of breakage is likely. Then he's in
for buying replacement boards. If they're down with screws
it *might* be very easy.... or the screws might be too rusted
to get a grip on them with a screwgun or drill.
My deck's a mess too. Hoping to hear some good ideas but what I'm
hearing sounds dumb.
Wife was pointing out that the decks at our pool club look good and I
pointed out that they re-stained them practically every year.
Guess that is what I will continue to do.
Praise be to EPA for making this necessary.
On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 12:23:46 PM UTC-4, David L. Martel wrote:
They used ring-shank nails when this deck was built. Getting the boards up
will be very difficult and not worth the effort unless I am replacing them
I made some modifications to the railing and had to replace a few pieces th
at broke when I tried removing them from the posts. I'll just stick what I
have, maybe sand the really bad spots down, and then apply linseed oil. I
t sounds like the best approach. It may not improve the appearance of the
wood but atleast it will add some protection without introducing the need t
o scrape and repaint every few years.
On Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10:58:51 PM UTC-4, FTR wrote:
deck is east facing if that matters.
the wood floor is in pretty tough shape. The boards are PT 2x6 and the s
urfaces are getting pretty badly splintered. One piece is starting to peel
the top layer off. There's no rotting - just very worn top surfaces.
No experience with the Rustoleum restore product either, but I've seen
it in the stores. We can't see the deck, but if it's deteriorated to the
point that splinters, wood coming off is an issue, I don't see how any
stain or paint product is going to solve that. The restore type product
is at least a thick, heavy coating. How well it would work, IDK. I guess
you could look for videos and/or buy a gallon and try it on some test wood.
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