How to sand a deck

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SAND­ING back your deck be­fore you give it a stain is a great way to im­prove the smooth­ness of the fin­ish. As long as you get your prepa­ra­tion right and use the right tools, this sim­ple job will help make your deck look and

feel good for years to come.

Tools: Ham­mer Nail punch Belt san­der Fin­ish­ing san­der Cork sand­ing block Dust mask Safety glasses Ear muffs Sand­pa­per Dust pan and brush

Broom.

Step 1: Pre­pare the deck sur­face Pre­pare the deck sur­face for sand­ing by check­ing ev­ery nail and screw. Make sure they are all coun­ter­sunk at least a cou­ple of mil­lime­tres be­low the level of the deck. That way they won’t rip your sand­pa­per when you’re sand­ing. Use your nail punch to coun­ter­sink any nails

that are stick­ing up, and screw down any screws.

Step 2: Sand sur­faces The belt san­der is an ef­fi­cient tool to do a large area of deck quickly. Work the san­der back­wards and for­wards along the grain of the boards. If you’re re­mov­ing ex­ist­ing stain or paint, start with a coarse grade of sand­pa­per such as 40-grit, then go over the sur­face again with a finer grade such as 120-grit to cre­ate a smoother fin­ish.

Step 3: Touch up the edges Work your fin­ish­ing san­der into the edges and cor­ners

where the belt san­der can’t reach. Re­mem­ber not to push down too hard – let the san­der do the work for you.

Once again, if you’re re­mov­ing ex­ist­ing stain or paint, start with a coarse grade of sand­pa­per and then smooth the sur­face over with a finer grade. Once the sand­ing’s fin­ished, sim­ply sweep down with a broom and you’re

ready to stain.

PHOTO: BUN­NINGS

Get your deck ready for sum­mer.

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