I have several very newbie questions about deck. I am sanding down my very large deck using a palm sander because I thought it would do a better job than a deck sander due to the roughness of a neglected deck. The jury is stlll out if this was a good move but it sure takes forever to do it with a palm sander. I am about 75% done and now it's raining. Is this going to ruin the possibility of getting a good finish? I'll sand it some more next week when it's sunny again.
I also like to add who make good stain and seal products? Are there a product that both stain and seal at the same time so I don't have to apply twice.
Finally, can I just wash the deck with dish detergent and garden hose or do I need to use a special chemical and power wash? I don't have power wash or the mean to transport a rental one.
deck wash mixtures are considerably stronger than dish soap. Add a power washer, careful, not too much pressure too close, and it will renew the wood. It may need a light sanding after that but not what you have been doing.
Cabot(I think) has a good solid/semi solid stain that is warranted for 4-5 years. That is about as long as you can expect for an open deck. Worked for my screened open porch.
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