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Sanding a deck

After power washing your deck you may notice that the wood fibers are raised creating a layer of fuzz on top of the decking.  These raised fibers can lead to splinters as they dry out.  You can easily sand down the surface using a 5" orbital sander or a sanding sponge.  You will want to sand with the wood grain and use the proper grit sanding paper.  Use 60-150 grit sanding paper or discs will work best.  Courser sanding paper could damage the wood further and finer sanding paper will take too long.  Make sure the deck is clean and dry before sanding.


Comments, Questions and Reviews


After spending 3 back-breaking weeks using deck stripper and the power washer, I''m opting for the power sander. The rental dude doesn''t think I can handle it (I''m a small chick) but I''m gonna show him!!!

posted by Ima idiot at 8/13/2013 9:04:21 PM

How many power sander discs will be needed to sand a 340 square foot deck? Am I crazy to consider hand sanding? If not, do you have any tips?

posted by amateur at 7/23/2013 12:18:29 PM

Did you sand by hand?

posted by Ima idiot at 8/13/2013 9:05:12 PM