Repairing deck easy as 1, 2, 3

As the weather gets warmer, we begin to spend more time outdoors. The best part of having a yard is enjoying it during these months, but when items in your yard such as your deck and fence look worn and drab, it takes away from the pleasure.

Now is a good time to check the condition of your wooden privacy fence or deck, so you get the most enjoyment during the warm season. The harsh winter weather, ice, rain and even sunlight can be damaging to your fence and deck. Every two to three years homeowners should assess and recondition these surfaces.

“Fixing your yard’s fence and deck can seem like an intimidating project, but the good news is with a little work and the right tools you can restore your fence and make it look great again,” said Denis Tierney, Wagner Spray Tech product manager, a company specializing in paint technology and home-improvement products.

Steps to protect your fence and deck

* Trim back any grass, weeds, trees or brushes that are in contact with the fence and deck. This exposes all of the material and ensures you will get a clean finish.

* Repair or replace any rotted or damaged wood. Also, it is a good time to check to see if any nails or screws need to be driven back into the fence and deck.

* Remove any splinters or peeling paint. There are electric tools designed to remove peeling paint and smooth the surface.

* Thoroughly clean the wood surface with detergent and water. You can use a pressure washer or a brush and a hose. Check for mold and mildew. If it is visible, remove it with a bleach and water solution.

* Let your fence dry for 24 to 48 hours prior to painting. This allows time for the wood to dry and the surface to be in the best condition for the paint to adhere.

* Cover plants, flowers, grass and bushes with a drop cloth. Be sure to wear appropriate paint attire.

* Pour stain or sealer into a paint sprayer. A good reference tool is the Wagner Control Spray, which was designed for various outdoor projects. It features a variable-flow trigger that’s easy to use with three spray patterns for optimum coverage.

* Start at the top of the fence and work your way down. For best results and to avoid drips, always have your hand in motion before pulling the trigger and release the trigger at the end of each row. Keep the sprayer about 10 to 12 inches away from the surface. Check for drips and even coverage.

* Clean up the sprayer and put away any unused stain or sealer. Remove drop cloths on bushes once stain is dry enough so that dripping is not a worry. Stain is completely dry once it feels dry to the touch. If it feels sticky it still needs more time.

* Remember to keep safety in mind during any home project, and always wear protective eye glasses and a mask when spraying paint.

To learn more about tools that make painting projects easier, visit www.wagnerspraytech.com.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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