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Maryland Deck Refinishing
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carlton mitchell
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CarltonCleans
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03/12/1972
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hagerstown
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I'm a certified appraiser, licensed home inspection and a contractor specializing in deck refinishing.

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301-906-4446
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608 Winona Ct Silver Spring, Md 20902
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Maryland
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Silver Spring
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www.marylandpressurewashing.me

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marylanddeckcleaning replied to the topic Re: Dealing with Acrylic in the forums.
I find it easier to sell matching project.
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marylanddeckcleaning thanks for the post Re: Dealing with Acrylic in the forums.
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I push my customers to cleaning only. If they want to see the natural tone than I prepare them for at least annual treatment. Most have it stained once than forget about it until is very dirty.

www.marylandpressurewashing.me
**We do not use a pressure washer (power washer) in deck restoration. We exclusively use scrub brushing and deck cleaners to prepare the wood for a finish.
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I up sale to screen replacement. Most go for it because the decks typically have not been maintained and the screen is worn anyway. If the deck has been maintain and the outside of the railing needs more oil than I use paper (rolls from HD) on the screen and rag the stain on.

Maryland Pressure Washing www.marylandpressurewashing.me
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marylanddeckcleaning created a new topic Dealing with Acrylic in the forums.
I started last year with a new strategy for dealing with semi trans acrylics (common from HD & Lowes). Acrylic semi trans are easier to stip than solid acrylics with over all short dwell time necessary to break the finish (mix Sodium Hydroxide with Flood or Sherwin William stripper). Even though they are easier to strip compared to solid acrylics I've become tired of dealing with stripping railings and sanding fuzzies on the pickets. My new strategy is to use SW Deckscape acrylic on the railing color matched to AC on the deck floor and rail cap. Semi trans and semi solids are best in this process for color matching. I took a board with 2 coats of stain to SW to be scanned. The formulas stay in the paint store system and becomes a standard mix. Now I can show customers sample board with both AC and SW side by side to aid in the sales appt. I strip, sand the floor and rail cap and clean the railing followed by re-coat of acrylic. The results are fabulous with over all short project time, looks good, no fuzzies to deal with and good profit margin. The novice does not complete at this level. So, it's easy to be one of the few to offer this kind of service and switching to oil sales itself. Horizontal surfaces are easier to deal with in the future because they are protected by oil. Many consumers do not even notice the texture difference between the two product types but of course I explain it to them. Acrylic on railing hold up well also. Below is a cedar deck stained with AC Cedar Semi Trans and the railing painted with color matched Deckscape acrylic.


I do not strip solid acrylics anymore because getting the profit margin my company commands is tough and dealing with chems is not at the top of my list. Solid acrylics are scrub brushed cleaned, feather sanded and a coat of Sherwin Willams Deckscape applied.
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