I need to re-stain 400 sq feet of deck. Most of the deck is in good condition. However, about 150 sq feet gets a fair amount of wear-and-tare from traffic to weather exposure. Boards are not warped and the deck wood is generally in good condition. Stain is latex solid color. Plan is to power wash, spot sand the healthy parts of the deck, and then more thoroughly sand the 150 sq feet that gets the most use. Looking for recommendations on a palm sander for the job. Need something that does not require compressed air. Thanks.
What kind of wood is it and size are boards? You may need a sanding sponge also if it's concave at all. I have off and on refinished a deck that is Ipe. That looks amazing when sanded. The dock is pine which I will just pressure wash. Never sanded that unless there's a rough or splintered spot.
I have an older Dewalt 4x4 orbital palm sander. It's about 15 years old and still works great.
What finish did you put on the ipe deck after you sanded it? I have a weathered ipe deck that I need to refinish one of these days.
I don't have a good answer for you on that. It has to be pressure washed at least once a year so we don't really go crazy with finish any more. It fades pretty quickly where we are and after 2-3 months is grey. If we finish it we just get whatever oil that works on IPE that's available.
Palm sander is a bought light weight for 150 Sq ft. I would go belt sander., or rent a vibratory floor sander. Jim "In dog beers, I've only had one" http://www.shakercolonial.com/ Creating custom made furnishing to your requirements