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5 Tips to Prep Your Wooden Deck Before Painting


Before you start painting, these steps will help you prep your deck correctly.

Summer is on its way, and it’s time to get your deck back into tip-top shape. If you’ve noticed your deck paint has been peeling or scratching off in certain areas, it’s a good idea to repaint the entire area altogether. Before you start painting, these steps will help you prep your deck correctly.

Get Cleaning

Choose a warm and sunny day to take care of cleaning your deck. Your first task will be to sweep the deck to remove any loose dirt, dust, and debris that has fallen onto your deck. After you’ve taken care of the superficial dirt, wash your deck with a deck cleaning solution. If you have access to a power washer, take some time to thoroughly clean the wood with that as well.

Remove and Replace Loose Nails

While cleaning your deck, take note of all the loose nails that you may come across. Not only do loose nails pose a danger to people walking on your deck, but they could damage the overall structure of the deck as well. When replacing the loose nails you’ve removed, choose nails that are the next size up from the previous nails.

Repair All Holes

Also while cleaning your deck, it’s important to look for holes or cracks in the wooden planks. Repairing these holes and cracks is easy with a professional-grade, outdoor-use putty that can fill in the open spaces. If you’re unsure of how to do this, a local deck expert can help you in no time.

Reinforce Joints

Before you start priming, it is important that you reinforce all joints with high-quality, polyurethane caulk. Look for areas where the caulk looks especially worn. If unsure about this part of the process, a local home improvement company can assess any damage and fix problem areas easily.

Prepare to Prime and Paint

Finally, it’s time to prime and paint. Choose a high-quality, oil-based primer and cover all the areas, especially the bare areas as well as the ones you’ve just fixed. Select a high-quality, oil-based paint for the job, and be sure to start farthest from your ending point. Your deck will look as good as new with a fresh coat of paint.


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Albaugh & Sons specializes in commercial and residential deck installation and repair, among other deck services. With Albaugh & Sons, you’re choosing a trusted, family-owned business that has the right tools and professionals for your decking job. Turn your dream deck into a reality by contacting Albaugh & Sons today!

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