Recently, our good friends over at R & A Pressure Washing shared with us a customers garden furniture that was in dire need of restoration.
They had a garden swing and a BBQ Prep station / organiser that was looking a little worse for wear. Being much loved and used had taken its toll.
Luckily, Roger knew exactly what to do to restore them to their former glory.
Firstly, Prepdeck was used to strip the previous coating
As both the swing and the prep station had been previously coated, Roger had to strip off the old finish. This is a very important step and if you fail to do this it will alter your overall finish. Owatrol products need to penetrate into the wood to give the desired finish. This simply cannot be done if there is a previous coating on the wood.
Roger worked in areas that could be completed in around 15 mins and applied the Prepdeck undiluted onto the furniture.
After about 15 minutes, you can test a small area with a nylon scrubbing brush to see if the finish is lifting. If it is, scrub the area with a stiff nylon brush. Or, alternatively, a pressure washer at 1000 – 1500 psi (70-103 bars). The psi needed will vary depending on the type of wood you are using it on.
Once sufficiently scrubbed, rinse with copious amounts of fresh water.
Secondly, Net-Trol was used to clean and neutralise the wood
Roger then used Net-Trol to lighten and restore the natural colour of the wood – without bleaching it.
One of our favourite products, Net-Trol effortlessly removes ground in and surface dirt in as little as 15 minutes, leaving the furniture looking bright and vibrant.
Before applying Net-Trol, Roger wet the furniture with clean water.
Once both the pieces of furniture were sufficiently wet, he then applied Net-Trol with a synthetic brush and scrubbed the wood with a stiff synthetic brush. Roger worked to ensure that he had scrubbed the Net-Trol thoroughly making sure to get into all the small nooks and crannies.
After leaving the Net-Trol to stand for approximately 15-20 minutes (if it started to dry, Roger applied a mist of water to keep it wet), he used a presser washer (max. 60 bar) to clean the furniture. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can scrub the surface whilst simultaneously rinsing it with water.
Lastly, the furniture was finished with Aquadecks in the shade honey
It’s easy to apply and maintain, with no labour-intensive sanding or stripping required.
Roger applied a liberal amount of Aquadecks with a brush, working in the direction of the grain.
As soon as the ‘wet look’ of the first application had disappeared, Roger then applied the second coat and allowed it to penetrate. This took around 15-20 minutes. It’s important not to let Aquadecks become touch dry between applications and to work in sections that will take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.
Next, in order to avoid Aquadecks drying as shiny spots on the surface, he wiped up any excess that had not penetrated into the decking.
As Aquadecks is water-based, Roger could then wash the brush and cloth in soap and water.
Take a look at those beautiful finished results! We think they look absolutely brilliant. It’s just a shame the customer will have to wait for the warmer weather before using them again!
We hope you enjoyed this post on garden furniture being restored thanks to Aquadecks! If you have any other tips, tricks, or advice, please feel free to comment below and share!