Phil and the guys try out sodium percarbonate to clean a deck without pressure washing it. The deck comes out pretty good.
00:00 We’re washing the deck off to prep for the cleaning
00:45 Showing both decks we’re treating
01:02 Mixing the sodium percarbonate
02:14 You need to leave a lot of room in your containers
02:26 Using a deck sprayer to spread it, want to strain it with cheese cloth first
03:05 Makes you think of a witches’ brew in cauldron
03:20 Pumped it up and started spraying
04:30 You can wear gloves, but it’s not required
04:42 Foams up like hydrogen peroxide
05:05 Good for the environment and saves the soft wood
05:50 Area scrubbed vs not done
06:30 The deck after we cleaned it and it dried
06:47 Deck correct, is it worth the money?
07:15 Applying the deck correct
08:47 Seems to work pretty good
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So, we’re we’ve got a deck that’s aged and it’s kind of brown and gray and the customer here wants us to try some medium called sodium percarbonate, not bicarbanate. And you put it in what you hosed the deck down, which the rain will do here shortly. And then we sort of put the sodium percarbonate. We’ll show you how that mixes and everything.
But right now, we’re hosing down, clean it all up. The idea is to make this thing fresh looking without actually doing the pressure washer, which knocks out the soft part of the of the wood and leaves the grain standing up. And we’re trying to get away from that. So we’re going to try it out and we’ll take you guys along with us.
Show a little more of the deck, the other deck that we’re going to be treating.
All right. This is the sodium percarbonate, actually. This is 5 lbs. We watch the video. So we’re not pretending to be experts at this. And what the customer asks us to do with we’re going to do and it’s showing a half a cup measurement per quart. We’ve got 8 quarts, two gallons of water. So there’s one this is one where we brew two, 3 minutes of with warm or hot water or five, six, seven, eight.
Then we’re going to stir it up. This is a paint stick, because we just got through painting to try to get all that stuff to dissolve into…
We looked at the. Cut back once we get the straining. That you need to leave a lot of room. So in two gallon deal, you probably want to only put one gallon. As it just foams up.
“Makes a bit of a mess.”
So what we’re doing now is we’re using a deck sprayer slash whatever, a bug sprayer, chemical sprayer, all those things and we’re going to strain it like it was recommended with cheesecloth. So the little lumps that we might not have got mixed gets caught in that, not in the sprayer, hopefully. When you’re stirring it looks like milk but it’s not milk.
We stirred a lot. We just didn’t send in a boring part of it to watch.
“Stir, stir, stir.”
Acting like witches, stirring the brew that’s foaming over.
“How many it had. I mean, stirring a cauldron, I want a witches hat.”
There you go. I got one who’s bubbling. So it looks like a witch, right. We’ll show you what we’re do when we start spraying.
We pumped it up and then locked it down, which is part of the spray rig. And now we’re just going to soak it all into that, let it sit for an hour. You won’t have to watch it sit for hours if you notice it’s foaming up already. We’re expecting something to happen. I don’t know this that the gentleman not ready to go.
“That’d be a hell of a thing, come back and the deck is gone.”
With a lot of trouble there to get this deck right? Yeah.
“All right James. James is done with his ordeal.”
Come over here James.
“With the hose or leave the hose.”
“Leave the hose. You’re going to be operating that.”
“This, do I need to wear gloves?”
“It didn’t burn me any. Just a precaution, I’m sure.”
You can wear gloves if you want.
“I stuck my hand all the way down into it.”
Ya, so he’ll lose his hand first and leave the rest off it.
“What I read it’s foaming. So it looks like we’re throwing hydrogen peroxide all over it. Oh, we’re going to be making.”
Foamed up right here says, scrubbing it a lot of elbow grease, a lot of work.
This is good for the environment, supposedly, certainly not impacting the softness of the wood. If you notice these are almost black cause they are wet, and we spent a lot of mildew on them. We’ll have to hand scrub off and then.
“Almost like using an eraser on it.”
I can see places that you see the black right there, need to scrub more. So what we’re looking at, if you see this area that we scrubbed and then look over here where we haven’t.
“Your aged deck.”
And it ends up looking more like the pressure treated deck is supposed to look like and it will absorb the stain that we’re going to put on it. So lots of elbow grease, but it doesn’t knock out all the soft part of the of the wood as you scrub in it.
Should be in the picture because we have two strict orders to put the cat in the cage was not to have the cat. This deck has been cleaned by us.
It’ll be on another video, sodium percarbonate and it did really good. It’s got that old black looking wood looking pretty nice. And then we’re going to use some stuff called Deck Correct. It’s ah, pretty expensive stuff. We’re going to see if it’s worth the money. Covers 75 square feet per gallon, which is not very much, but it’s supposed to fill in cracks and things like that.
So if you’ll ride along with us, we’ll see what deck correct actually can do. So we’re going to start the handrails, work our way down.
Can have it, deck correct tinted whatever color you want. It supposed to fill in a lot of the small cracks. Obviously not the big ones. So we’re going to see this is a two coat application, not one.
So we’re going to see how it does. I’m starting with the top and working my way down and it’s a little thicker than the average paint, obviously if I only go 75 square feet, but I think most of your wall paint does about 300, 250 to 300, this does 75. This says so for I kind of put it on thick and run off, pull off anything that might run, and the goal is to fill in, make an old deck look brighter.
We’ll take you through it.
This is Deck Correct. Look at two coats on it. The roller doesn’t seem to do as well getting down. And so we went over a lot of it. We’ve got to keep an eye on your brush because the brush will end up, but you got to keep the brush with a Sandy finish, which is less of a chance of slipping.
So we’ll end up with that. If you look at what we have, it’s going to have a slight exhaust and it does a good job. It sticks and it holds on as a coat, not necessarily something that would break down. I’ll let you know as time passes if I don’t like it because of the wear and tear, because I’ll be around this house pretty often.
So my suggestion is if you can afford it, deck correct is pretty good stuff.