Restain Cedar Deck Railings

Project by Jim posted 11-07-2015 06:17 AM 22030 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this 2 level deck 18 years ago using pressure treated framing, the original trex decking that was just being introduced at the time and cedar railings. It was looking a little tired so I spent a few weekends getting it back into shape. First I pressure washed the cedar railings to remove as much of the prior stain as possible. Next I power sanded each rail section to bare cedar. Using 60 grit paper on soft cedar made relatively quick work of this. When I designed the rail system I made it so that the rail sections could be removed for refinishing. I replaced 3 or 4 damaged balusters and all of the horizontal top rails that had taken quite a beating from 18 years of exposure. I used white solid color oil stain for all vertical surfaces. All in all quite happy with how well the deck is holding up. Did some quick math and the deck comes in at just under 900 square feet. Some further math estimates made it quite clear to me that I could not afford to build a deck of this scale today. Hope to get 5 years or so out of the paint job and told the missus that we will be moving before I tackle this project again, Ha!

-- DONE is a "four letter word" at our house, we don't say it often.

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posted 11-10-2015 08:27 PM

Nice job!

-- Love woodworking and fixing most anything

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posted 12-05-2015 02:03 AM

Ditto, very nice job. Functional and matches nicely to architectural appeal of the house.

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posted 01-04-2016 03:29 AM

WOW! That looks like new! Now if you’ll just come and redo my redwood decks…..........

-- Andy, Jenks, Oklahoma

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posted 02-11-2016 04:39 PM

Wow great job! The only wood you replaced was the rail tops and the damaged balusters? That’s awesome performance over an 18 yr period.

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posted 03-29-2019 10:05 AM

Job well done! It looks like you had indeed put forward a lot of effort getting every piece of wood all nice and dandy before fixing everything up together. It really needs pure dedication for this project.

-- Paul Chau: https://www.supereasystorage.com.au/locations/perth-south/

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posted 04-01-2019 07:35 AM

I can’t imagine the amount of work that has gone into this. This is going to be a house that you guys are probably not going to give up! Keep it in the family forever!

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