Wood Dock Waterproofing
Dock Waterproofing Step By Step
The first step you should take before going ahead to waterproof your dock is to examine it critically to see if it needs any repairs as a result of wind or water damage. Also, you check if the previous waterproofing is still in good condition. Put some water on the wood dock; if the water beads up, the dock is well protected; else, go ahead with the waterproofing procedure.
Step 2: Prepare the Dock
If you realized that your wood dock needs waterproofing, start preparing it for the procedure. Remove loose or cracked paint and eroded wood fibers by using a wood stripper. Sand and power wash the surface of the dock. And use a wood conditioner if needed for absorption and consistency.
Again, you will make sure that the surface of the dock is clean to make the waterproofing successful. This will make the sealant set in to enhance the level of protection and provide longevity.
Applying Dock Waterproofing
Having cleaned and prepared the surface of the dock, apply a thin but even coat of waterproof sealant that is mold– and mildew-resistant. Also, ensure that the sealant has UV-rays protection. Ensure to wear protective clothing, rubber gloves, and safety goggles when sealing the dock. Also, ensure that the weather in your location would permit the procedure for at least 48 hours. Monitor your weather forecast.
Step 4: Finish the Waterproofing
After applying the sealant, leave the dock for at least 48 hours to dry. Ensure to notify people not to walk on the dock by using a small notice board warning them to keep off the dock.