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    Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    Have a large deck that needs to be treated before it starts to rot and a pressure washer just ain't cutting it. So... since I will have to rent a drum sander anyway, I think I'll have a go at it straight with the sander. For anyone who has done a deck do you think I'll get away with skipping the washer and saving myself many hours?
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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    You'll create low spots!!
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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    Should be ok, as long as it's fixed down well and properly dry
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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    Quote Originally Posted by packerbacker
    You'll create low spots!!

    What if I used the washer to take care of the spots, then gave it a quick once over with the sander again? To do the entire surface with the washer will take a very long time. I spent a few hours today and am still on the other side. (To the right) I gotta find an easier way. 8)

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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    That may be ok. Ever think about biting the bullet and painting the deck? Saves a lot of work and expense.
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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    Quote Originally Posted by shaun7
    Should be ok, as long as it's fixed down well and properly dry
    Well I guess we'll find out.

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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    Quote Originally Posted by packerbacker
    That may be ok. Ever think about biting the bullet and painting the deck? Saves a lot of work and expense.

    No, much prefer the wood and would stick with that even if I have to do it the hard, long way.

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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    Quote Originally Posted by texastee2007
    If by drum sander you mean the ones that refinish hardwood floors, Yes. Your deck can't have badly cupped boards and absolutely no loose nails or screws...everything needs to be tight. You have to go slow and try and keep with the grain. It will turn out as good as you are careful! As someone mentioned...no moisture. Make sure you do it on a day where you can apply a finisher of some sort right away.....you sure do not want rain or blistering sun to ruin your work.....best of luck and start in a spot you don't see very well till you get the hang of it. If I can do it you can to.
    Sounds like a woman who knows how to treat a deck..............how much would it cost me to mail you out to Idaho for a couple weeks? I'll BBQ & drink beer & watch you sand & finish! My deck looks real bad, too bad in fact to even show y'all a pic! (It is after all a tar-paper shack )
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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    Quote Originally Posted by texastee2007
    If by drum sander you mean the ones that refinish hardwood floors, Yes. Your deck can't have badly cupped boards and absolutely no loose nails or screws...everything needs to be tight. You have to go slow and try and keep with the grain. It will turn out as good as you are careful! As someone mentioned...no moisture. Make sure you do it on a day where you can apply a finisher of some sort right away.....you sure do not want rain or blistering sun to ruin your work.....best of luck and start in a spot you don't see very well till you get the hang of it. If I can do it you can to.
    Great! I'll keep all that in mind.

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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    You need to go over it in different directions, finishing with the grain. Also changing grades of paper each time...course, medium and then fine.
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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    Quote Originally Posted by shaun7
    You need to go over it in different directions, finishing with the grain.

    That's what my bookmarked page states as well. Says first go against, then on a diagonal, and finish with the grain.

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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    Hey friend I've been painting and in construction since I was 17. I'm 29 now and for a short stint in the military this is all I know.
    I would 1st get some deck restorer, sold at lowes, home depot, ace etc. You spray it on let it sit then rince with a pressure washer. 95% of the time they come out looking new, then you can re-treat with a wood preserver of your choice. Kinda like an acid wash for wood. Just get the most expensive because when it comes to stuff like this you get what you pay for.
    You definetly can sand it but just trying to save you some work, also be good at it or you will get some low spots. If you want specific anwsers and detailed instructions on how and what to apply hit me up and I'll give a better response.
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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    In 1988 we built the current home that my parents live in now. The home has over 1000sq. feet of deck, most of that is on the second floor and it was constructed using 2 x 6 decking, which at the time we thought would be great. Now, 22 years later many of the boards are twisting and turning up on the ends and once I add the drop in the backyard I'm looking at a 16ft high repair/ replacemnt job. (Also used spiral decking nails.) Replacing the whole deck is too costly now days and refinishing is out the window because of the loose edges and settled low spots and wear. I am at a loss as to how to go about restoring this deck? Wish we would have never built it out of such heavy lumber. Uhg............
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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    Quote Originally Posted by eureka77
    Hey friend I've been painting and in construction since I was 17. I'm 29 now and for a short stint in the military this is all I know.
    I would 1st get some deck restorer, sold at lowes, home depot, ace etc. You spray it on let it sit then rince with a pressure washer. 95% of the time they come out looking new, then you can re-treat with a wood preserver of your choice. Kinda like an acid wash for wood. Just get the most expensive because when it comes to stuff like this you get what you pay for.
    You definetly can sand it but just trying to save you some work, also be good at it or you will get some low spots. If you want specific anwsers and detailed instructions on how and what to apply hit me up and I'll give a better response.

    I guess my bookmarked page is pretty good because it also talks about the restorer. I'm glad you mentioned it to get me thinking again, and I might give that a shot first because my main problem right now is that I pretty much have to blast the heck out of the wood to remove the staining. I still do need a sander from what I've done already.... but the restorer might make the rest easier.

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    Re: Anyone ever take a drum sander to a patio deck

    Quote Originally Posted by bigscoop
    Replacing the whole deck is too costly now days

    That's exactly why I have myself mixed up in this right now. I wish I could help you solve your problem, but I'm just the idiot who started this thread needing help.

 

 
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