Springtime is Deck-Time!

With Spring here, it is time to start thinking about your deck.

The first thing you need to do is remove everything from the deck and give it a good sweeping. Make sure to clean in between the boards as well. As you clean, check for loose, cracked, or cupped boards and fix any popped nails or screws.

After the repairs are made, its time to prepare the deck. Benjamin Moore has deck cleaners that can help with this, or just use a mixture of 4 ounces of TSP, 1 quart household bleach and 3 quarts of water.

Apply this solution to your deck, keep it wet for 10-15 minutes and give it a good scrubbing with a deck brush. Remember to soak all plants and vegetation in the area before hand, this will dilute any of the solution that might splash onto these plants. Use drop cloths where necessary. After the application of the cleaning solution, rinse well. This should pretty well clean the wood, get rid of any mold and open up the wood fibers to accept the stain. Let the deck dry completely, this will probably take a few days.

Next comes the sanding, I know, tough job, but it needs to be done. The easiest way is to use a pole sander, 120 grit sandpaper, and go WITH the grain of the wood. Sweep the deck, vacuum between the boards and on to the next step.

What kind of stain you use depends on the hight of the deck. If it’s lower than 3 feet, I suggest you use a transparent stain, it breathes and lets the moisture escape. Moisture comes up from underneath and penetrates the wood. The sun shines on the deck and draws the moisture out. If the deck is sealed with a solid stain, it just might pop the coating. Higher than 3 feet, you can use either a transparent or a solid stain. Remember, a transparent stain lets you see the grain of the wood, while a solid stain can be used on decks that are worn and discolored. Remember to read and follow all directions for the products you use. Getting the right products for your deck can make all the difference, and afterall, don’t you want to enjoy that deck all summer?

If you are unsure about what to do with your deck and have any questions, come see us at Freddie’s Paint, or send me an email.

Dan Shatilla

Assistant Manager

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Exterior Home Painting

With spring finally here, its time to consider painting the exterior of your home.

Whether it’s a new home, or purchased from the previous owner, paint can rejuvenate and personalize your home.

The reason paint fails is because the surface to which it was applied was dirty, wet or was loose itself. So make sure your paint surface is clean, dry, free from grease, oils and flaking or loose paint.

First, remove as many items as you can (planters, mailboxes, hoses, light fixtures, etc.). Then use drop cloths under the areas you are about to paint, and cover bushes and items that can’t be removed.

Next, be sure to clean (power wash), repair (fill holes or cracks), and prime all surfaces before painting.
Once the primer coat has dried and all your preparations are complete, you’re ready to paint.

You can either use a brush, a roller or both. Rolling can save you time, but you will need to use a brush for trim, and doors.

The trim should be the last area you paint. Begin by coating your window sash and door first, and then paint the frames, sills, and door trim.

Wood siding or stucco is usually straight forward, prepare, clean and paint.

Aluminum or vinyl siding can be a bit more tricky, clean and then try to pick the same or a similar color, going darker means the siding is absorbing more sunlight, hence the possibility of the siding buckling.

Remember not to paint in direct sunlight, or when the surface is damp.

Work from the top down, painting gutters and eaves first if you want them to match the color of your siding.

Benjamin Moore has an excellent range of products, whether you want to paint or stain.

Arbourcoat Solid stain has great hiding capabilities and Aura Exterior can be applied in temperatures as low as 4.4 degrees (40 F), just to name a few products.

Our color consultants and designers can help you pick a new color to help you make your house, your home.

Dan Shatilla

Assistant Manager


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