Summer’s almost over, which means it’s time to start thinking about what kind of projects you’ll need to complete before “old man winter” arrives.
If you have any wood outdoors that you’re not planning to bring inside for Winter, it’s important to take the necessary measures to protect it from weather damage. Thompson’s offers a wide variety of watersealing and wood protectors to ensure that your outdoor wood, whether it be a porch, deck, furniture or fence, makes it through the winter! Here are some basic steps to take before the arrival of Winter.
1. Assess the condition of your outdoor wood.
What kind of finish does it have already and is it still intact? This will determine what kind of waterproofing you’ll need and if any touch-ups need to be done before you apply a paint, stain or waterproofer. You’ll also want to check for mildew. Mildew should be completely removed before re-staining or painting. To remove mildew: Mix oxygen bleach (3 parts hydrogen peroxide and baking soda & 2 parts hot water) and ammonia-free liquid dishwasher detergent. Valu also sells pre-mixed wood cleaners like Thompson’s Deck Wash:
2. If necessary, complete any touch-ups.
If your deck has seen some traffic over the coarse of Summer, which is usually the case, you’re bound to have to clean and sand some areas. You may, depending on the severity of the damage, have to sand the entire surface to ensure an even finish application. Do this before applying a finish. Consider that you may have to repaint or re-stain next spring. Don’t go overboard with re-touching. With the Winters we experience in the Northeast, it’s hard to say how much of a beating your home exterior with get! You’ll most likely be doing some post-Winter maintenance as well! Yippee!
3. Apply a coat (or two) of your preferred finish.
Make sure any sanding debris have been cleaned up and removed from the surface of your wood. Once this has been done, you can mix your finish and apply with the appropriate brush. We suggest Purdy® brushes because of their strong, but fine bristles, which leave little to no brush strokes if applied correctly! Make sure you apply enough of Thompson’s WaterSeal Waterproofing protector or stain or paint to create a non-porous surface and let dry for at least 2 hours before applying another coat. Let set for at least 24 hours before subjecting it to any foot traffic. Here are a few WaterSeal products that we recommend:
Cedar: Allows natural wood color to show.
Transparent: Allows some natural wood grain and texture to show, while adding subtle color to the surface. Available in several deck stain colors.
Semi-transparent: Provides complete outdoor wood protection. Formula is moderately pigmented to add beautiful color, but still show some wood texture and grain.
Solid: Provides complete outdoor wood protection. This solid exterior wood stain adds the most color to the surface and shows the least wood grain. Available in several beautiful deck stain colors.
- Prevent Water Damage
- Advanced Polymers Provide Fade Resistant Color
- Coating Resists Mildew and UV Damage
- Apply to Freshly Cleaned Damp or Dry Wood
- Exceed Industry Standard ASTM D-4446 for Waterproofing Wood
4. Mentally/emotionally prepare for winter.
With this prep out of the way, you now have time get your mind in the right space for winter – BUT, as we know, sometimes mother nature doesn’t give us the time! Hopefully this proactivity serves you well!