Archive for October 2016

Deck Refinishing

A deteriorated deck gets a refinish

A debacle of a deck had become desolate in its deterioration and decay.
Diligent and determined deletion of damage and discoloration produced a denouement both delectable and dainty.
The deficient deck is now delightful and the Dame of the domicile was demonstrably delighted!

Deck refinishing requires the proper tools

Debilitated Deck Demo

Debilitated Deck Demo

If the deck has previous coatings on it we will often use our heavy duty floor sander (you can rent one at a rental yard). These units can remove old finishes much quicker that water blasting, which can damage the wood

After sanding and replacing boards found to be rotted; a finish can be applied

If the deck was previously finished with a solid color stain (as in this case) or paint then you will probably have to go solid stain or paint again because color will remain in the crack between boards.

Power sanding a wood deck

Power sanding a wood deck

If the deck was finished with a semi-transparent…then after sanding; use a biodegradable stripper in the spaces between boards and then gently water blast so those spaces between boards are brought back to bare wood….then you can apply an oil based semi-transparent stain.

Who makes the best stain?

  • Oil based Semi-transparent or translucent stains are the best and easiest to maintain: Duckback; SuperDeck; TWP, Messmer’s or Sikkens products.
  • Acrylic semi-transparent: stay away from Home Depot (Behr) or Lowes….also avoid Ben Moore Arbor coat….all these will peel and look awful next time you recoat!
  • Acrylic solid body: if you have to go solid  Home Depot Behr solid deck stain is fine choice
  • If you can coat all sides of boards before installation the Sikkens Rubbol solid color oil is by far the best.11226044_1166004060079851_4598887139502296467_n-1

    Deck with solid acrylic stain

    Deck with solid acrylic stain

Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

Dinged, water damaged kitchen cabinets can be made new again

Time and use can make your kitchen cabinets look awful….but proper refinishing makes them like new!

    • Refinishing cabinets is a step by step process….do not skip any if you want nice results
    • First you must clean all cabinet surfaces free of contaminants such as oil and grease BEFORE sanding!
    • Remove cabinet doors and drawers and mark so that you are sure to put them back in the same opening
    • If you remove hinges, be sure to number them and mark cabinet body where removed so that you do not have to readjust fit upon reinstallation
    • Protect cabinet body interiors and drawer interiors, if necessary, from overspray….often interiors do not need finishing as they are veneered with melamine plastic
    • Next step is for you to sand all surfaces to de-gloss and remove all failed coatings….this is a critical step to insure proper adhesion
    • If you want a solid color finish then apply a bonding primer or lacquer primer surfacer followed by sanding when dry
    • If you are replacing old hardware, now is the time to fill and old holes, damage and sand/spot prime these repairs
    • Caulk any open seams
    • Apply two coats of lacquer or paint by spray, brush or roller

If you want a stained finish…

  • then after cleaning/deglossing, apply your preferred stain followed by two coats of clear acrylic or lacquer
  • Most folks choose to have a professional do it….but with patience and time…you can do it!