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Old 09-22-2008, 09:39 PM   #1
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i have a deck that is about 10years old that has never been sealed before. does it make any sense to have it sealed at this point? it is very sun damaged along with old wood etc. please help. thanx in advance.

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It is my opinion that most deck sealants (Thompsons, etc) are a joke. A quality stain/sealer is much better. Will it make your old deck look new? Nope. It'll add some color if you choose to stain it. It may slow the deterioration of the appearance of the deck, but it won't buy you another 10 years of deck life.

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I used the weed sprayer and pool strength chlorine on old landscaping timbers to bring the as far back to looking new as you can.


Check Consumers Reports on the water sealer. They gave a sealer that I had never heard off all black circles. I'm pretty sure the gave Thompson's only 2 and half circles. I found it a Lowe's but can't remember the name of it. It was in a black can when I bought it, but when I took a friend to get some we couldn't find it, so they either changed the can or Lowe's doesn't carry it anymore.


This stuff sprays out of the weed sprayer again and basically looks like sticky 2% milk. It may look a little strange, but you can pretty much always trust Consumer's Reports, and they were dead on with this stuff. It makes Thompson's look like water. It was almost like a plastic had soaked into the wood and is still holding and keeping the landscaping timbers looking good after 4 or 5 years.


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As far as consumer reports go, I don't trust them. Most of what they write about, I really don't know if its true or not. However, I remember a number of years back, they gave a report on TV sets (my profession), and they gave the highest marks on a TV set that was nothing but a piece of crap! This turned me against them. I'm not saying that everything they say is wrong, I'm just saying take everything they say with a grain of salt.
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As far as consumer reports go, I don't trust them. Most of what they write about, I really don't know if its true or not. However, I remember a number of years back, they gave a report on TV sets (my profession), and they gave the highest marks on a TV set that was nothing but a piece of crap! This turned me against them. I'm not saying that everything they say is wrong, I'm just saying take everything they say with a grain of salt.
They said my wife's Kia Sorento was a good SUV as well. I wouldn't use their reports for anything. She bought that thing about 6 months before I met her, and now she's on her 3rd motor after about 50,000 miles. Anyone that tells you Kia's are quality vehicles is absolutely full of it.

Ok, I've de-railed. Back to deck staining. Sorry.
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They said my wife's Kia Sorento was a good SUV as well. I wouldn't use their reports for anything. She bought that thing about 6 months before I met her, and now she's on her 3rd motor after about 50,000 miles. Anyone that tells you Kia's are quality vehicles is absolutely full of it.

Ok, I've de-railed. Back to deck staining. Sorry.
She should have bought a Yugo...it would have made the Kia look like a BMW.
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They gave Behr paint the #1 rating and most people like me think it is junk.

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