How-To: Refinishing A Deck

Spring is officially here, whether it feels like it or not. And after several months of abuse from snow and ice, you might be thinking to yourself, “what can I do to better protect my deck next winter and make it look beautiful for the upcoming spring and summer seasons?”

Norberg Paints would like to help you get your deck ready for spring and summer. In doing so, we produced a series of videos to help teach you how to get your deck ready for staining. The end goal is to have a finished deck that is healthy looking, beautiful, will be protected for years to come, and earn the admiration of family members and house guests.

Now is a great time to take action. Harsh winter conditions have likely taken a toll on your wooden deck. As the snow melts and your deck’s surface materializes, you may notice the surface could use a touch-up.

Your backyard hasn’t gotten much attention since fall; one, because winter in the Midwest is practically unbearable, and two, because unless you have kids or a pet, there’s really no reason to go outside and “enjoy” your backyard.

Now, with the coldest days of the year behind us, you might be thinking ahead to the many summer cookouts, parties and bonfires to be had.

In the following videos, our very own Stuart Norberg walks you through the process, step-by-step.

All the products used can be found at either Norberg Paints location in Sioux Falls. We are also happy to suggest products and solutions specific to your deck project. Feel free to ask our experts any questions you have about stripping, power washing or staining your deck.

We have included notes with each video, and hope you feel inspired by the transformation that takes place.

Step 1: Preparation

The key is getting the surface clean. You want to get the deck boards back to their original wood fiber so they will take the stain. We use a deck brightener to help loosen up the dirt particles and soften wood fibers. Then, we’ll come back later with a power washer to get the dirt off.

Take a look at the before and after of using the deck brightener and power washer to remove dirt from the surface of our deck (5:04).

Step 2: Staining

We’re down to bare wood now, and our deck is ready to take the stain. We need something that will protect the wood for years to come. Depending on the look you’re going for, you may have to apply the stain every year. For a natural looking deck, you may need to apply a new stain once a year. Whereas if you choose to go with a solid stain, you can go several years without applying a new coat.

Before & After

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Take a look at the stunning before and after of this deck transformation.

We hope our deck refinishing video series has inspired you to take action in revitalizing your own deck. When you’re ready, Norberg Paints is a great place to get started on your deck project. We have the products and expertise to point you in the right direction. It will be our pleasure to assist you in turning your dream deck into a reality.