Replace structurally unfit fasteners and reseat loose ones. If you have rusted nails or fasteners on the deck, do not coat over them until you have properly dealt with them using a primer, neutralizer, or converter. For this purpose, we recommend RustOx or our RustOx Prep Primer. We have seen many homeowner fret when rust still bleeds through after they’ve used products found at big home centers. Unfortunately, they work on a random basis. RustOx was developed by Encore after years of exploratory R&D to develop a dependable solution to treating rusted surfaces. Learn more about RustOx.
Also, keep in mind that if you have sanded or abraded the deck surface, you may have removed valuable galvanization or coating that was protecting the fasteners. If this is the case, treat those fasteners as well in order to prevent them from rusting.
Test your deck to see if it’s ready for Encore by pouring small amounts of water in various areas of the deck. If the water beads or sits on the surface, then you should use a deck cleaner and a product like oxalic acid to break the sealer down. If water is absorbed by the wood, then the efficacy of the sealer is nil and you’re ready to go to the next step.
The deck surface must be clean and free from any loose material like old paint or stain. For best results, clean your wood deck with Encore’s A to Z Concentrated Cleaner and pressure wash. Allow to dry. (Allow 48 hours of dry weather prior to application and never apply within 8 hours of expected rainfall.) If the surface is currently painted, make sure glossy surfaces are dull, abraded, and clean. We also recommend that you use Encore Pretreat, a specially designed micronized polymer primer that’s easy to apply. Pretreat penetrates into the wood and increases its dimensional stability. Pretreat greatly enhances the adhesion properties of the Encore coating, ensuring that you get maximum life from your investment.
Encore is applied with ordinary paint tools. For best results, we recommend the use of a 3/8″ to 1/2″ nap paint roller.
Note: The proper application of two sufficient coats is extremely important to the success of your coating! Follow these instructions carefully.
We highly recommend the use of Encore Pretreat prior to the application of the Encore coating. We have found that the expense of Pretreat is offset by additional coverage of Encore attained by using Pretreat. Follow the instructions and apply Pretreat. While Pretreat is still damp on the surface, it’s time to apply the first coat of Encore.
The cut-in process: Apply Pretreat to the cut-in area (along home siding, vertical railing, etc.) and apply a heavy one coat of Encore while Pretreat is still damp. Feather the leading edge of the cut in to avoid lap marks.
“Applying between the boards”: In order to produce a favorably aesthetic result, you may consider using a brush to cut-in between the deck boards. Depending on the spacing between the boards, you may be able to use the leading edge of a paint roller to obtain the same result as a brush. Allow to dry and you’re ready to proceed to the application of the first coat.
First coat (the repair coat): This should be a particularly heavy coat. Work the coating into cracks, completely filling them. Applying the coating, rolling it perpendicular to the wood grain, has been found to be the most effective way to apply the repair coat. Allow the coating to dry.
Second coat (the finish coat): The finish coat should be applied in the direction of the wood grain. When applying the second coat, avoid overlapping, which would create lines in the finish coat. Since Encore begins curing the moment it’s applied, don’t roll back over the coating too often once it’s down. Doing so could cause the “skin coat” to tear and effect the final texture. The finish coat should be applied as soon as the repair coat is dry. The finish coat should be about 80-90% as heavy as the repair coat.
Encore affords benefits that are not normally found with other deck maintenance products. Here are a few important ones:
– Encore is a permanent solution to deck maintenance. Apply Encore and start enjoying your deck again!
– Encore is fire resistant. We have had accounts of coals and embers landing on an Encore deck and smoldering until they went out, never affecting the coating, much less burning down the deck.
– Encore encapsulates harmful preservatives that are used to treat lumber. This is important to those who have pets that lay on the deck or those who enjoy lounging on their deck with bare feet.
– Encore is a VOC-friendly, water-based formula which makes it one of the most environmentally-friendly products ever made for wood and concrete.
Perhaps the biggest difference is the fact that Cool™ doesn’t rely on a textured profile to stay cool. Instead, Cool™ relies on its unique formulation. Most pool deck coatings fall into a category called “profile” coatings. Profile coatings rely on their profile of crevices and cavities to reduce the surface area that your feet come into contact with. Not only do profile coatings get hot, they chip, they require lots of maintenance, and they’re very hard to keep clean.
Cool™ is a polar opposite of these coatings – and that’s why pool owners love Cool™.
Remove any loose material from the knock-down and clean it thoroughly using a pressure washer. Allow it to dry. If any rust is coming through the knock-down, use an aerosol-based rust inhibitor to treat the rust.
Cool™ can repair cracks up to 1/8th inch wide in concrete. However, if you have broken, severely cracked, or spalling concrete, we recommend that you hire a professional concrete mason to make whatever repairs are necessary prior to applying Cool™. Never apply a coating to an ill-properly prepared surface. Never apply a coating over sealed concrete. Test for water repellency by pouring small amount of water in various areas of the deck. If the water beads, then there is a water-repellency feature in the concrete and it has to be removed using an acid etch. If the water is absorbed by the concrete, then you are good to go.
When your concrete is ready for Cool™, we recommend that you use TripleCrown, our organic and eco-friendly concrete etcher and cleaner. Alternatively, you may want to use a light acid wash. If you choose to go the acid route, be sure to neutralize, TSP, and pressure wash thoroughly to clean. As a final step, make sure that any rust that may be on the surface is neutralized with an aerosol-based rust inhibitor. It’s best to allow at least 48 hours for your concrete to dry before applying Cool™.
Cool™ is unique because there is an infinite number of choices available. You simply pick the color you want and purchase one gallon of exterior semi-gloss 100% acrylic paint for each kit of Cool™ that you buy (Note: do not use paint that contains primer). The right color is obviously the color that you like, but keep in mind that darker colors WILL absorb more heat than lighter colors. If heat abatement is your top goal, we suggest that you pick a light-to-mid pastel. Otherwise, let your imagination rule!
Each Cool™ kit comes with one gallon of wet resin and a bag of dry organics. Mix using these three steps:
After emptying the kit contents, add the wet resin back to the 5-gallon pail; Add the gallon of exterior semi-gloss 100% acrylic paint to the pail and mix; and, Gradually add the dry organics and mix completely.
On average, one kit of Cool™ will complete (2 coats) between 190-210 square feet.
- masking tape
- paint roller
- paint extension handle
- 4″ brush
- 3/8″ nap roller cover(s)
You will need:
After masking off everything that you don’t want to accidentally coat, use the 4″ brush to apply a heavy cut-in coat. We suggest that this be a heavy coat in order to avoid having to do a second cut-in coat. Feather the leading edge of the cut-in coat in order to avoid lap marks. Allow the cut-in coat to dry.
Next, in a “ribbon” or “S”-type pattern, pour a narrow strip of Cool™ approximately 5′ long and set bucket down. Using the 3/8″ nap roller, spread the coating evenly across the working area. Using this technique, continue applying Cool™. Allow the first coat of Cool™ to dry.
Once the first coat is dry, a second coat should be applied. The second coat is approximately 80% as heavy as the first coat.
Using a variety of methods not discussed here, some Cool™ customers at this point will add decorative accents to the coating. As an important final step, we recommend that you roll two coats of SealBack, Encore’s clear acrylic sealer over the entire job and allow it to dry. SealBack will bring out the depth and color of the coating and