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Old 09-12-2012, 09:02 PM   #16
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what's the rush..READ THE LABEL...maybe you should be washing the mold remover off first..otherwise, I think the wood should be dried thoroughly before applying stain..please provide oictures when done..would be nice to see
The rush is my parents want their deck back before summer is over

Also, the label just says apply to dry wood for the stain, and clean wood off thoroughly on the moldex.

I did one application of mold remover before I sanded, washed it all off thoroughly with a hose and a deck brush.

I am going to do another mold remover application after I am done sanding (finished the spindles today woohoo!), and was just curious what the general turn around time for fully soaked wood (think 3 day downpour) to be dry enough to accept the stain. I know the interior takes a long time to dry, and part of the stains function is to soak a certain depth into the wood, so I really dont want to screw this up for them.

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It really sucks that the VOC laws in Connecticut pretty much outlaw any oil-based stain. They sell stains that say "oil based" on the can, but they also say "clean brushes with soap and water" ... it just seems wrong to me. I have OCD so I have resealed my deck a few times, I'm on my third type of sealer and none of them seem to last for me. I wish waterlox wasn't so expensive, I would just cover the deck in that.
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water based is best because it breathes thereby preventing peeling however, the key is to get a stain with the most UV protection which is usually a paint looking stain and not clear, however, the nature of the beast is that it requires re staining at least every 2 years. Otherwise, an extremely weathered/deteriorated deck results.
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so i just wanted to throw it out there that I am very dissapointed with behr premium semi transparent. It goes on well enough, but the advertised square footage does not even come close to the estimate. My parents deck is 18x16 (288 sq ft), which according to the paint can and the HD "paint specialist" would be fine with 1 can, but I just used up 3 cans, and I still need to do the second coat on the deck floor! I assume due to the sanding the wood is like new and all the pores are very open and thirsty, but this is crazy!

I got two cans expecting to be over doing it and in retrospect I should have just done the 5 gal, as 4 gals @ almost 40 a peice, which is the same as 5 gals @ ~160 (if i remember correctly).

Anyways, I will post pics when finished, I am not crazy about the color my parents chose, but its not my house!
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One last question.. I had some stain splatter that I didn't realize wound up on the side of the house. It is totally dry now. My parents siding is cement fiber clapboard. (hardiboard?)

How do I get this stuff off without taking the paint with it??
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One last question.. I had some stain splatter that I didn't realize wound up on the side of the house. It is totally dry now. My parents siding is cement fiber clapboard. (hardiboard?)

How do I get this stuff off without taking the paint with it??

You could possibly take out a sander if scraping does not work. This of course all depends on the time it's been there. Weather tends to cook it permenantly there until it eventually cracks...

Otherwise, you could just simply paint over it.

Good luck!

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