.I've begun a next step in a home improvement project. Now I'm at a crossroads, and I need to research and ask advisers about some things before I proceed. I've already put in a couple calls. Now to research and wait.
My deck needs to be refinished. When the previous owner wanted to sell this, he "purtied it up." He painted the whole deck (over 800 sq. ft.), steps and ramp in a strange color of green. Not a color I like, but it didn't look too bad when I moved in as it was all uniform and looked neat, at least. The color was one issue, but to make it worse, he also used a latex paint. Not just latex, but an indoor latex. Dang fool. The paint began peeling within the first few months. By the end of a year, I knew I had to start working on it.
My plan is to remove paint from any walking surface, because any paint I put down will walk off, necessitating repainting in order to look good. I want to finish the walking surfaces with a natural sealer, no color. The other parts, hand rails, upright posts, etc., will be painted with a rich adobe, not a flat color, but with enough red to glow and be inviting.
I bought a power washer, and last summer I began using it to remove as much of the paint as possible. A lot of it came off, but after a while, I was damaging the wood, so I quit. I was able to remove almost all of it from the ramp which is exposed to sun and rain and was in the greatest need for help. It has been treated and looks decent, even after almost a year.
Since then I've worked on it whenever weather is conducive with the water hose. This method floats the paint off without eating at the wood underneath, but it is slower. And I've done about as much as I can with this. I need to move to the next method to remove the remainder of the green paint. I know I can't get on my hands and knees to scrape or sand it off. My body just won't take that, even with my hand-held power sander. I could rent a power sander, but I'm not certain I could handle it. I'm considering using a stripper, but I'm checking on this now.
This center board looks almost like it did originally. You can see the areas around it have worn badly.
This is an area I've worked on quite a bit.
Another area that has had a lot of attention.
This shows where I have used water without scraping or smoothing of any kind.
The ramp looks decent. I need to treat it again, but it isn't in bad shape and doesn't show the traffic wear.
I hope I can get this done by winter. I actually don't have much choice, I have to protect the wood from another year of weathering. It will be a much greater task to replace boards that have rotten with neglect!
Gee, don't you wish you had the fun of living at my house??? I know you're jealous! LOL!