Restore Deck Start Tips & Techniques

Restore Tips & Techniques

Restore Deck Start Tips & Techniques

Restore Deck Prime

1. SURFACES
Wood: Restore Deck Start Wood Primer should only be applied on structurally sound wood. It is for use on weathered, worn, or previously coated wood decks; docks; and exterior furniture. RESTORE DECK START WOOD PRIMER CAN ONLY BE USED UNDER A SOLID TOPCOAT. DO NOT USE UNDER A TRANSPARENT, SEMI-TRANSPARENT, CLEAR, OR PENETRATING DECK COATING.

NOT FOR USE ON: concrete, fiberglass, tile, and metal surfaces. These surfaces will not allow for proper adhesion. Do not use on driveways, garages, or other areas with vehicular traffic.

2. NEW WOOD
New wood may be wet with chemicals or have mill glaze from the manufacturing process. New wood should age for a minimum of 6 months before applying Restore Deck Start Wood Primer. The lumber must dry completely before applying the product to prevent peeling of the coating. The surface must also be properly cleaned and prepared using Restore Deck & Concrete Cleaner to remove all foreign material and mill glaze prior to application. Follow the PREPARATION instructions to be sure the Restore Deck Start Wood Primer adheres properly to the wood.

3. TINTING
Restore Deck Start Wood Primer is a clear primer. DO NOT TINT.

4. COVERAGE
     •    One 1-gallon can of Restore Deck Start Wood Primer will cover up to 450 square feet with one coat

     •    One 5-gallon bucket of Restore Deck Start Wood Primer will cover up to 2,250 square feet with one coat

* ONE COAT IS REQUIRED FOR EVERY SURFACE

5. SURFACE PREPARATION FOR WOOD
Stop, Watch, and Roll: For more information and helpful tips watch the Preparation with the Restore Deck Start Wood Primer video.



READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS THOROUGHLY PRIOR TO BEGINNING.



REGARDLESS OF AGE OR SURFACE CONDITION, FAILURE TO FOLLOW ONE OF THESE PREPARATION METHODS WILL RESULT IN POOR ADHESION AND POSSIBLE COATING FAILURE. NEW AND SEALED WOOD DECKS NEED TO WEATHER AT LEAST SIX MONTHS BEFORE APPLICATION.



METHOD 1: PREVIOUSLY PAINTED OR STAINED WOOD


STEP 1 – WEATHER SURFACE:
Painted or stained wood surfaces need to weather at least 6 months before application.

STEP 2 – CLEAN: Clean the surface using a deck brush and RESTORE DECK & CONCRETE CLEANER. The surface must be clean and free of dirt, grease, mildew and organic growth. For best results use a pressure washer, in addition to the Restore Deck & Concrete Cleaner, to remove embedded dirt and grime. (Use at a low setting 500-1200 PSI. Do not use high pressure as it may harm the wood.) For mildew and other organic growth use a diluted solution of household bleach (3 parts water to 1 part bleach) applied to the surface before cleaning. Loose paint needs to be scraped and removed from the surface.


STEP 3 – LIGHT REPAIRS:
Raised nail heads and/or screws should be secured using a hammer or a screwdriver. Remove loose splinters and replace severely damaged or rotting boards. Fill larger cracks using RESTORE CRACK FILLER or a similar acrylic, non-silicone filler. Allow to dry.



METHOD 2: UNCOATED NEW WOOD

STEP 1- WEATHER SURFACE: New wood surfaces need to weather at least 6 months before application.


STEP 2 – CLEAN:
Clean the surface using a deck brush and RESTORE DECK & CONCRETE CLEANER. The surface must be clean and free of dirt, grease, mildew and organic growth. For best results use a pressure washer, in addition to the Restore Deck & Concrete Cleaner, to remove embedded dirt and grime. (Use at a low setting 500-1200 PSI. Do not use high pressure as it may harm the wood.) For mildew and other organic growth use a diluted solution of household bleach (3 parts water to 1 part bleach) applied to the surface before cleaning. Loose paint needs to be scraped and removed from the surface.


STEP 3 – LIGHT REPAIRS:
Raised nail heads and/or screws should be secured using a hammer or a screwdriver. Remove loose splinters and replace severely damaged or rotting boards. Fill larger cracks using RESTORE CRACK FILLER or a similar acrylic, non-silicone filler. Allow to dry.



METHOD 3: PREVIOUSLY SEALED WOOD

STEP 1- WEATHER SURFACE: Sealed wood surfaces need to weather at least 6 months before application.


STEP 2 – CLEAN:
Clean the surface using a deck brush and RESTORE DECK & CONCRETE CLEANER. The surface must be clean and free of dirt, grease, mildew and organic growth. For best results use a pressure washer, in addition to the Restore Deck & Concrete Cleaner, to remove embedded dirt and grime. (Use at a low setting 500-1200 PSI. Do not use high pressure as it may harm the wood.) For mildew and other organic growth use a diluted solution of household bleach (3 parts water to 1 part bleach) applied to the surface before cleaning. Loose paint needs to be scraped and removed from the surface.


STEP 3 – TEST SURFACE FOR APPLICATION:
SEALED DECKS MAY NOT FULLY WEATHER IN COVERED AREAS. Conduct a splash test by sprinkling water on at least four or more areas, both high traffic and non-traffic areas. If the water absorbs rapidly into the wood, the surface is ready to coat. If the water beads, puddles or is not absorbed, the surface is not ready to coat and requires more preparation. Sand the area that is beading with 50 or 60 grit sand paper. Conduct the splash test again and repeat STEPS 2 and 3 until the water is absorbed by the wood.


STEP 4 – LIGHT REPAIRS:
Raised nail heads and/or screws should be secured using a hammer or a screwdriver. Remove loose splinters and replace severely damaged or rotting boards. Fill larger cracks using RESTORE CRACK FILLER or a similar acrylic, non-silicone filler. Allow to dry.


6. WEATHER
Monitor the weather to see not only what the weather will be like for the day you plan on applying Restore Deck Start Wood Primer, but also for 2 hours after application is complete. ONLY APPLY RESTORE DECK START WOOD PRIMER WHEN THE AMBIENT TEMPERATURE WILL BE BETWEEN 50-90 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT DURING APPLICATION AND FOR 2 HOURS AFTER APPLICATION. DO NOT APPLY IF RAIN IS EXPECTED THE DAY OF APPLICATION OR WITHIN 24 HOURS OF COMPLETING THE APPLICATION.


7. APPLICATION
ONE COAT OF RESTORE DECK START WOOD PRIMER IS REQUIRED


TRIM AND VERTICAL SURFACES
Before applying Restore Deck Start Wood Primer to the horizontal portions of the deck, first coat vertical surfaces such as deck posts, railings, or balusters. Next cut in around edges with a brush and coat visible areas between deck boards.



STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION

Surfaces should be clean, dry, sound and free of any contamination, mildew, rust or unsound coatings that may interfere with adhesion.



STEP 1:
Thoroughly stir material before and during project. DO NOT THIN.


STEP 2:
Using a 3/8” nap roller, a short nap stain pad, or a synthetic paint brush saturate and apply generously in a consistent pattern. Apply thickly to the surface to ensure good penetration. RESTORE DECK START WOOD PRIMER appears milky during application but dries clear.


STEP 3:
Allow to dry 1-2 hours before applying the solid top coat over the primer. Do not apply the topcoat until the entire primed surface is clear and there are no white areas showing anywhere on the deck, including in cracks and nail holes.


8. DIFFICULT AREAS
Such as warped or cupped deck boards will require rolling across the narrow width of deck board as well as the length to ensure complete coverage.


9. DRYING TIMES
Dry times may vary due to weather conditions such as humidity, rain, high/low temperatures and seasonal changes. Apply Restore Deck Start Wood Primer when no rain is expected for a minimum of 24 hours after application. Allow the area to dry for a minimum 1-2 hours before applying the solid topcoat. Do not apply the topcoat until the entire primed surface is clear and there are no white areas showing anywhere on the deck, including in cracks and nail holes.

Dry times are based off the optimal application temperature of 70 degrees. Allow more time to dry at lower temperatures. Restore Deck Start Wood Primer should not be applied if temperatures are below 50 degrees and above 90 degrees for at least 2 hours after application.


10. CLEAN UP
Restore Deck Start Wood Primer is a water based product that will clean up with soap and water. For best results clean up should be done before the product dries. Cover the areas around spindles and walls to avoid splattering during the application process.