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Useful Tips To Help You Sand Your Deck Like A Pro
When it comes to sanding your deck the right way for an optimal restoration, your primary consideration should be your choice of sandpaper.
Using an electric sander makes the job easier. A handheld orbital or belt sander is fine for small decks, but for larger ones, consider renting an upright sanding machine.
The sandpaper you need for a deck should be between 60 and 80-grit, while 100 is the maximum for the upright sander. If your deck has railings, use an 80-grit sanding sponge.
Before you sand, sweep off leaves and debris, gently power-wash with a biodegradable cleaner, and allow the deck to dry for at least 24 hours.
Wear a safety mask and goggles so you’re not inhaling fine wood and paint particles. Sand with the orbital sander, and go with the grain in the direction of your wooden slats.
Keep even pressure on the machine — you’re removing old stain or gloss, evening out the wood, and creating a slightly rough texture that will allow the stain to penetrate.
To clean up the sanding dust, run the vacuum cleaner over the deck before gently washing it again. Apply your choice of finishing product as per the manufacturer’s instructions.