Deck & Wood Refinishing
We use premium penetrating transparent tinted coatings. They are not film forming finishes like paint, or shellac. When the deck/wood is prepped properly and the penetrating deck stains are applied properly they will last for years to come. The tint (color) acts as a UV-Ray absorbent, which inhibits the sun from discoloring the wood. Depending on your conditions you can expect all of the deck stains or sealers we sell to last 18-36 months on the horizontals and twice as long on the verticals.
The reason the majority of products fail are:
A product is applied too thick, over a previous coating, or a solid color stain/paint was used resulting in a film forming coating. A film forming coating is a product that does not penetrate into the wood completely. A product that does not penetrate can result in premature peeling and or flaking. All of our stains penetrate into the wood.
The deck/wood is not properly prepped for application of coating resulting in the stains not penetrating into the wood.
New wood is not dry and/or prepped for application of stain. You cannot stain a brand new deck/wood without a light sand and applying cleaners to open the pores.
Our typical restoration process:
- Counter sink existing screws as needed add screws as needed
- Make minor repairs if necessary
- Sand all horizontal surfaces
- Apply mildew remover and wash (bio degradable)
- Apply cleaner/brightener and pressure wash (bio degradable )
- Let deck dry for a 24-48 hours
- Tape, mask and tarp
- Apply premium deck stain by roller and brush
At Dowd Restoration we are experienced in all phases and aspects of interior and exterior wood restoration and staining.