Staining a deck or fence is about the look you are trying to achieve, as well as protecting your deck or fence from the elements. If you want a clean painted look, choose a pigmented opaque stain. If you want to preserve the natural look of the wood, choose a sealant or colored penetrating stain.
When choosing a color to work with get a small sample of stain first to test on a scrap piece of wood or remote corner of your deck or fence to verify the color is what you expect. Some stains are much darker then they look on a chart.
Step by Step Deck and Fence
|Step 1: Washing. All of the areas that will be painted within your scope of work will be thoroughly washed. We use a 10-1 bleach detergent solution and a conical injector on the pressure washer. This will remove all mildew, algae dirt and salt deposits.|
|Step 2: Tarping. All of the surfaces and landscaping to be worked around will be protected with canvas and plastic tarps. Additionally, tape will be used to protect any areas where tarps would be impractical.|
|Step 3: Scraping. Failing paint must be removed. Any loose, flaking and/or peeling paint will be thoroughly hand scraped prior to painting. Cedar wood siding flaking will be wire brushed prior to re-staining|
|Step 4: Priming Priming bare wood and metal will be done with appropriate primers. Horizontal areas where water may sit creating rusting areas will be given two coats of primer.|
|Step 5: Painting, Staining. As you can see, painting doesn’t even begin until we have done a thorough prep job. At this point, painting or staining can proceed using the best quality paints, stains and applicators.|
|Step 6: Daily Cleaning.On multi-day jobs, we make sure to pack-up and pick up at the end of the day.|
|Step 7: Final Inspection. Before the crew packs up their equipment, we do a final walk- around to ensure all contracted areas are painted properly.|
|Step 8: Survey.At the end of each job, we ask our customers to complete a customer satisfaction survey to ensure that all work has been performed to meet or exceed your standards.|