The products you need & what to do

Transforming your outdoor space with a fresh coat of oil or stain can reinvigorate your deck, enhancing its natural beauty while providing protection against the elements. Our top tip to achieving a flawless finish is proper deck preparation. In this guide, we'll explore the essential steps to prep your deck for coating using Feast Watson Woodclean, ensuring a beautiful and long-lasting result.
Assess the Condition of Your Deck
Before diving into the prep process, take a close look at the current state of your deck. Identify areas with stains, dirt, mildew, or any existing coatings. Understanding your deck's condition will help determine the extent of the preparation required.
  1. If your deck is brand new you’ll need to allow the timber to weather for 4-6 weeks before applying Feast Watson Woodclean and your chosen oil or stain. 
  2. If your timber has weathered and doesn’t have an existing coating, ensure the deck is clean and ready to by applying Feast Watson Woodclean
  3. If your timber has been previously coated, test if the surface is ready by sprinkling water onto your deck. If the water absorbs into the timber - you're ready to prep and coat! If the water beads, you will need to let your deck weather further, or if you don't want to wait, you can either sand or strip your deck back to bare timber.

Assessing the condition of your deck

Gather Your Materials & Clean the Surface

For a successful deck preparation, gather the following materials:
  1. Feast Watson Woodclean: This powerful, oxalic acid-based formula effortlessly revitalises grey and weathered timber, and removes oils, mould, stains, and tannins from both new and weathered timber. It’s the essential first step before coating, ensuring your chosen finish applies and adheres seamlessly. Ideal for decks, outdoor furniture, fences, pergolas, and other exterior woodwork.
  2. Stiff Bristle Brush or Broom: A handy tool for scrubbing Feast Watson Woodclean into the timber and loosening debris.
  3. Safety Gear: Wear gloves, safety glasses, and appropriate clothing to protect yourself during the prep process.
  4. Hose or Pressure Washer: A reliable water source is crucial for rinsing off the Woodclean solution and debris.
  5. Drop Cloths or Plastic Sheeting: Protect surrounding areas from splashes or runoff.
Begin by sweeping the entire deck with a stiff bristle brush or broom to remove loose dirt and debris.

High pressure hosing a deck

Apply Feast Watson Woodclean

  1. Dilute: Mix 1 part Feast Watson Woodclean to 4 parts water. Make sure to stir the diluted mixture thoroughly.
  2. Application: Wet the timber surface. Using a brush or roller, apply the Feast Watson Woodclean solution evenly to the deck surface. Work in sections to ensure thorough coverage.
  3. Wait: Allow the solution to sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse: Rinse the deck thoroughly with a hose or pressure washer, removing all traces of the cleaning solution.
After cleaning, give your deck ample time to dry completely. A dry surface is crucial for optimal absorption of the oil or stain.

Feast Watson Woodclean

Sanding (if necessary)

If your deck has rough spots or splinters, consider sanding the surface to create a smooth and even finish. Use a medium-grit sandpaper and follow the wood grain to avoid damaging the surface.
Prepping your deck with Feast Watson Woodclean sets the foundation for a successful coating application, ensuring longevity and a stunning appearance. By following these steps, you'll not only enhance the natural beauty of your deck but also provide it with the protection it needs to withstand the elements. Take the time to prep your deck properly, the results are worth it!

Lydia Kirkland deck restoration sanding

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