If your porch or patio looks like it’s worn down and beaten, then freshly sanding the entire thing should be in order. Deck sanding is not only an essential step to other woodwork techniques, like staining and polishing but also an important step to make sure that the floorboards are as smooth as possible to give you comfort. With that said, there is a technique to the entire job and we’re here to teach you that.
We can never double down enough on the fact that using the right grit of sandpaper is important. First, you need to always work through the different grits when you are doing deck sanding.
Start coarse, typically using 40 or 50 and go gradually up every time you finish the entire deck. The rule of thumb is to never skip more than 1 grade of sandpaper as this will not only make your job much slower but also will be extremely wasteful.
In the event that you have too much paint peeling off or the wood is in a really rough condition, start with extra coarse sandpaper at 20 to 36, but never go too low. Going lower than 20 grits can remove too much material, leaving you with an extra thin flooring that can be unsafe.
Unlike doing indoor timber, you need not worry making your deck too smooth. The idea is to make it smooth enough to prevent splinters and any breakages. You would want to make balustrades, handrails and other materials extra smooth since these will be touching your palms and upper body.
Use an electric sander that matches your needs. If you are not experienced enough, it’s best to use an orbital sander, rather than a drum sander. An orbital sanding machine has about 10 times less pressure compared to the drum variety, but it is much more forgiving if you lack technique or finesse, especially if you’re a newbie. Whilst the drum sander can do it faster, that machine is best used by someone with experience.
Deck sanding requires proper technique. To make the wood extra smooth and aesthetically pleasing, it’s best if you work towards the grain’s direction rather than against it; doing so allows you cover up any possible scuffs or scratches that the wood may have gotten from the sand job. Use fine grit to keep any scratches very small and insignificant enough.
By following these five easy steps, you can make your flooring look like new. But if you want to ensure top-quality results, get in touch with the experts in deck sanding from Melbourne and they will happily do the job for you.