Neil Young is wrong
Rust can be
a chemical thatís exactly what you want if this wonderful warm
weather has inspired you to get that outdoor patio furniture, and
perhaps the deck, prepped for a hard summer of laying around with a
favorite beverage and doing as little as possible.
you peak into the back yard, then you might remember that youíd
meant to move all that furniture into the garage. Now youíve
got a deck that probably needs a little attention, and if you left
your patio furniture set out, it definitely requires a little of your time.
take it by material.
ďFirst of all, a lot of furniture (wrought iron) just needs a good
cleaning,Ē says Mike Frentz. He means with a tampico scrub brush and a nice,
strong detergent. If you have the metal deck furniture with that kind
of rubberized second skin on it, then you want to take the opposite
route and do a gentle, but thorough cleaning that will preserve the
rubberized coating Ė thatís whatís keeping the metal from
for the purists among us, those who feel they will pay a penance
somewhere down the line unless the job involves a respectable amount
of pain, suffering and maybe even a little bleeding. Well, Mike
canít recommend one way easier way to do it Ė he can recommend
He keeps some stuff in the back room called Nice n' Easy Aluminum
Siding Cleaner and sells a lot
of it. Itís an aluminum siding & trim cleaner that works great on things
like metal patio furniture that is grungy, but hasnít rusted out.
You just brush it on and hose if down Ė thatís it.
second fix, instead of a wire brush, is made by the same people who
make Naval Jelly, but it isnít Naval Jelly. As you may recall from
working on junkers in your high school days, Naval Jelly is great for
dissolving rust. The trouble was that the rust had eaten a hole
through whatever you were trying to preserve, and that meant patch
so with Neutralizer.
doesnít float rust off Ė it neutralizes it and converts it to a
neutral surface,Ē Mike says. You end up with a hard, metal-like
surface, blue-black in color, that you can then sand and treat as you
would any other type of metal.
suggests one great use for it is the bottom of garage doors that have
been chewed apart by winter weather and salt.
If you have wood furniture or a wood deck (as most people do), then
the thing you should look for is rot. Thatís when the wood
deteriorates, gets soft Ė almost squishy, sometimes Ė and can be
pulled away from an adjoining board or post with just your fingers.
way to treat rot, so long as itís a reasonably small area (you
canít build an entire deck out of this stuff), is with a product
called PC Petrifier. You apply it directly to the soft wood, and in a
few hours the wood, without changing appearance, will harden to the
surface of petrified wood. Thatís a good way to preserve part of a
post, beam, or even a window frame.
what you want to do is build back the area that rotted away. You can
do that with a sister product called PC Woody, which is an epoxy
paste. Once mixed, you can mold it like modeling clay and recreate the
rotted-out and missing part of the project. It also adheres to PC
Petrifier, and hardens to sandable, drillable surface.
If you have a deck, then Mike says you have one of two ways to go.
The deck behind his house is made of cedar, and like most redwoods,
has a natural defense against rotting. That means Mike didnít have
to, and made a point of not, prepping the deck once it was installed.
ďThatís because once finish your deck with color or sealer, you have
to do repeat it every two years, minimum.Ē He didnít
have to treat his deck for several years and when he did, the
treatment included a light stain that restored the original color of
on the other hand, your deck is made of pressurized wood (wood
injected with a chemical to keep insects and rot out), then youíve
got a project every couple years at least Ė to keep the deck in
excellent condition, Mike recommends treating it every year.
are a lot of compounds to treat a deck, and most arenít too
difficult to apply. Mike says a popular treatment is Thompsonís
Water Seal, which does exactly what the name implies.
Sometimes the deck just needs a good cleaning and for that Mike recommends Wolmanís DeckBriteô
which is a product that mixed with water and sprayed on the deck,
brushed and rinsed with the garden hose.