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1) You should never sand your deck

Sanding creates a smooth surface. Smooth surfaces do not have teeth. surfaces without teeth do not grab onto stain or paint. This is why you should never sand a deck, especially not with orbital sanders (those are the vibrating while rotating sanders you use on doors or furniture).

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What to do instead:  The real solution is to make sure your deck does not need sanding in the first place.  You do this by never applying any paint or DIY-grade stains which peel later and require sanding.  Pro-grade stains do not peel and never need sanding.  True stains simply fade or lightly flicker.  they require power washing and re-staining often, but never sanding.

What if you have DIY-grade stain, it is peeling like paint,  and you want to replace it with real stain?   then you need to grind not sand.  The are called fiber disk grinders.  They don't smoothen the deck, they rip away the old material and leave behind a rough surface that has teeth to grab onto fresh coats of stain.

1) You should never use DIY-grade deck stains on your deck

Sanding creates a smooth surface. Smooth surfaces do not have teeth. surfaces without teeth do not grab onto stain or paint. This is why you should never sand a deck, especially not with orbital sanders (those are the vibrating while rotating sanders you use on doors or furniture).

 

What to do instead: .

What if you have DIY-grade stain, it is peeling like paint,  and you want to replace it with real stain?   .

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There are areas of your exterior that we deliberately do not wash.

Power washer will not be directed at walls with badly peeling paint

We do not wash previous coats that we plan on removing on phase 2.   Since these layers are being scrapped off, washing them first would serve no purpose.   We do not attempt to remove this peeling layer with power washers as this may cause damage to siding underneath.

 

Team members are prohibited from power washing while standing on metal or shake roofing.

These roof types present a major safety hazard when wet.

What we do instead:  We manually clean those areas on phase 2 – when dry.  Instead of water, we use stiff-bristled brooms, dusters, house bleach solution in hand sprayers, sanders, and gas blowers to remove any debri, moss, mildew, etc.