Hey guys! I bought a Boosted V1 deck that comes in the mail in a few days. It’s in pretty good condition, but I still plan to sand it down and add some varnish. I’m not super familiar with best practices for this sort of thing.
What do you guys recommend I use? I’m not really sure what’s most common/effective for our uses… looking at you, deck gurus…
It would make the deck stiffer bc of the resin/epoxy. If you wanna keep the flex the same, you could always paint it instead… if you find a good primer you could likely just rough up the clear coat (instead of stripping) and paint right over top.
No experience finishing beyond DIY home projects. I’m not sure about a frit though, I want to maintain as much flex as I can. Also seems like a lot of work and I’m pretty lazy. Do you think the stuff I listed above would be okay or should I find a primer?
You can still sand, but you’ll just want to be neatening up the surface.
If you’re going to paint over you don’t have to worry about the blotchiness that different layers of finish could leave.
Do varnish first, then your decorative paint or whatever, then varnish again over that.
You want varnish on the wood first to protect the wood, get it all sealed up.
Because its an old deck, it probably could use being re-sealed.
After doing that, it may end up not being very blotchy, and you might be happy without paint.
But if you do want to paint it that’s still an option.
Then you’d have a final layer of varnish, just to protect the paint.
I would sand to prep for the paint. For some reason, I thought that your intention was to sand down to the wood to refinish it. On most of the Loaded decks that I have seen they have a laminate on the outside, if yours has that, then you would probably peal it as opposed to sanding if you were trying to get down to the wood.
Sanding and varnishing with a boat varnish would probably be great. Personally, I’d use a two-part epoxy, but either would work.
If you want to stiffen it up put a layer of fiberglass on the bottom.
This specific deck has glass on top and a sexy bamboo veneer below with glass as the next layer.
Caution is needed sanding the bottom because you can sand through to the glass pretty easily around the edge, I’ve done it.