Tools & Equipment

Essential Tools for Deck Coating

Coating your deck and exterior timber is a rewarding project that not only enhances its aesthetic appeal but also protects it from the elements, ensuring longevity. To achieve a professional finish, having the right tools at your disposal is crucial. Here's a comprehensive guide to the essential tools you need for a flawless deck coating project.

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Prep with Woodclean
First up, you need to prep your surface. Feast Watson Woodclean is an effective deck and timber cleaner, the essential first step in your woodcare project. Its powerful formula effortlessly removes oils, mould, stains, and tannins from both new and weathered timber, providing a clean slate for coating. After prep, comes coating, so make sure you have your chosen Feast Watson oil or stain at the ready.
High Power Hose or Pressure Washer
Before applying any coating, it's imperative to start with a clean surface. Once applying Woodclean, a high-power hose or pressure washer is your go-to tool for cleaning away the solution. Ensure you choose the appropriate pressure setting to avoid damaging the wood.
Stiff Bristle Brush
A stiff bristle brush is essential for proper preparation. Use it in combination with Feast Watson Woodclean to effectively remove dirt, old coatings, and debris, ensuring optimal adhesion for the new coating. Its sturdy bristles penetrate wood surfaces, promoting a smoother finish and prolonging the life of your deck's protective layer.
Don't forget a bucket to mix Feast Watson Woodclean with water to create your timber cleaning solution. Make sure it's big enough so that the solution doesn’t splash over the sides and that you can fit your Stiff Bristle Brush in.
Sander or Sandpaper
Smooth, even surfaces are the foundation of a beautiful deck or exterior timber coating. A power sander or sandpaper is crucial for removing imperfections, rough spots, and splinters. This step not only enhances the timber's appearance but also ensures the coating adheres uniformly and results in a beautiful, even finish.

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Paint Tray
For an efficient and even application of the coating, a paint tray will be your best friend. A paint tray is a handy tool to pour your chosen coating into for easy application. If you have a large project that requires multiple cans of finish, combining them in a paint tray ensures the colour is consistent throughout.
Paintbrush, Roller or Spray
Time to choose your preferred application tool. A high-quality paintbrush is essential for detailing and reaching areas that rollers might miss, such as corners, edges, and between boards. Select a brush with durable bristles suitable for the type of coating you're using. Rollers are great for covering large areas quickly. Choose a roller with the appropriate nap for your timber's surface. Spray application may not be right for all jobs, but it’s a great tool to cover a large area quickly.
Cloths are another necessary item involved with recoating your deck. Use clean cloths to remove excess decking oils like Feast Watson Traditional Timber Oil. They ensure a precise and even application, enhancing the timber's natural beauty.
Flat Blade Stirrer
Properly mixing your deck coating ensures consistent colour and finish. Stir the coating until any sediment has been worked into the solution and the colour is uniform. When stirring take care to not introduce any air bubbles. 
Drop Cloths
Protecting your surrounding areas from accidental spills or drips is crucial. Lay down drop cloths to shield plants, furniture, and any other items near your project. This precaution makes cleanup easier and prevents unwanted stains.
Safety Gear
Lastly, prioritise safety by wearing appropriate gear. This includes safety glasses to shield your eyes from splashes, gloves to protect your hands, enclosed shoes and a mask to guard against fumes if needed.

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Achieving perfectly coated timber requires the right set of tools. From preparing the surface to applying the coating, each tool plays a vital role in the success of your project. By investing in quality tools and taking the time to prepare and apply the coating carefully, you'll ensure a stunning and long-lasting finish, creating a welcoming outdoor space for years to come.

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