sanding a deck

blakeasAugust 23, 2008

I have a huge deck that the stain is is flaking off. I have heard that stripping is too hard. So I wanted to rent a sander. What type of sander do I need? I have a bunch of nails in the deck - should I be sure that they are all the way in? or should I try and countersink them?

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You answered your own question!

Yes, countersink all nails/screws.
Rent a 12x18 "Vibrating-plate" sander.
* You'll also need to buy a couple backer-pads. These look like big Scotch-brite pads.
* Get a few 60 & 80-grit sanding sheets.
* Have a helper lift this thing!
* Stick the sheets to the backer-pad, and tip sander onto the pad.
* Go the length of the boards, turning at each end.
* You'll need to periodically sweep off the loads of sawdust!
* Keep sanding until wood looks smooth, and all old color/stain is gone. You've basically got a new deck-floor again now!
* After a few passes with 60 & 80, sweep, THEN vacuum all dust off.
* Now, do a wipe-down with some paint-thinner on non-linting rags. You could even tie an old towel around your shop-broom and do this!

Now...Rock & Roll with your stain!

See also my pictures-post right next to this one.
It's a 12 yo Redwood deck that's never in the shade...


    Bookmark   August 23, 2008 at 3:35PM
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well - it is an existing deck with nails already in it. Do i need to hammer them down? and then take a punch and make them countersunk?

Problem with my deck is the boards are diagnanol and go into the the side of the home. seems like I wont be able to do the length of the board way you suggessted.

here is a picture of the deck.

and a picture of the nails:

    Bookmark   August 24, 2008 at 1:12PM
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You don't really need to countersink the nails. The only thing that is important is that they are not sticking up so that they will rip your sandpaper and/or rip up the pad on the sander.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2008 at 4:44PM
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what type of stain do I need to use after sanding? Would like to put alot of coats down and then put a waterproofer down. Suggestions?

    Bookmark   January 11, 2009 at 5:15PM
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One Time remover/sealer.

But, I am no pro on this, but would have concern about how you are going to 'expand' or seal the natural cracks that have developed with drying out.


    Bookmark   January 21, 2009 at 2:53PM
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I went to homedepot to rent a vibrating plate sander and they did not have one. They only had a drum sander or a random orbit sander that you use on hardwoods inside. They would not rent it to me for a deck. Where would I rent this thing?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 6:21PM
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hahaha, thats funny. Ya just go back another time and get it. I used one from home depot last year, with great results might I add!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 12:10AM
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a drum sander or a random orbit sander?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 5:55AM
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I am looking to sand my deck and wanted to know out of a drum sander, random orbit sander, or a vibrating plate sander which is the best and why. Thanks

    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 1:51AM
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You might consider pulling the nails at this time, where it's easy and replacing with screws.

Do not sand off the finish of the nails or screws.

A Random orbit sander is fine, just much slower. A drum sander, you need to avoid cross grain sanding. A vibrating plate sander is best, with touch up areas with a pad sander or orbiting sander in those places you cannot get to.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 11:51AM
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If the porch or deck is looking a little worse for the wear, a good sanding might be in order. Not only is sanding an essential step if you plan to add another coat of paint or stain, but it can help you enjoy your deck much more.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2011 at 7:32AM
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