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If your deck is tired and old looking, why not refinish it? All it takes is a little elbow grease, a power sprayer, and application of a high quality sealant to protect it. Anyone can do it.

Step 1: Start by sweeping your deck. Besides a broom, a utility handbrush will help you reach the tight spots, like up against the house and the spaces between the deck boards. For heavy debris buildup between the deck boards, a stiff coat hanger will do the trick. Simply push the debris out through the spaces with a sliding motion trying not to damage or scratch the boards.

Step2: Once your deck is free of debris, it’s time for a thorough washing. A high pressure sprayer that can be rented for a nominal fee at your local hardware store, will do an effective job here. A model that puts out 1500 PSI will be sufficient for this project.

After filling your sprayer with the recommended amount of pre-wash detergent, that can also be purchased at the hardware store, proceed as follows. Put on a pair of safety goggles to avoid getting the backspray into your eyes. Start the machine and spray the exposed deck boards one at a time by holding the wand about 2 inches away from the wood and moving across the boards slowly. Basically, the sprayer will give the wood a sandblasting with water, peeling away a small layer of wood, and exposing the newer looking wood underneath. Now allow your deck to dry thoroughly.

Step 3: Once your deck is dry, it is time to waterproof the freshly exposed wood with a high quality sealant. CWFUV is an excellent choice because the UV means it has a substance that will protect the wood from the harmful rays of the sun. The best way to apply the protective sealant is with a large paint brush.

After reading the instructions on the container, begin sealing at one end by liberally applying the compound to your deck boards with a large brush. Use slow strokes and try not to splatter too much. Make sure you plan your path carefully so you don’t end up “sealing yourself” in a corner. Don’t forget to treat in between the boards as well. Allow the sealant to dry thoroughly and then add a second coat. This will keep your deck looking like new for years to come.

Time to enjoy your beautiful, new deck!