I recently had a Cedar Pool deck\Pergola and attaching lower deck off the house built in my backyard. The deck was completed January 2012, and staining of the deck occurred June 2012.
I purchased 7 gallons of Cabot Australian Timber Oil Honey Teak stain, and began the process of staining the decks\pergola.
3 weekends later the project was completed...during the remaining summer and fall months the pool deck looked beautiful, however over the winter the decking around the pool sides, the stain peeled terribly.
I contacted Cabot and was advised to use their Problem - Solver deck cleaner to help remove the peeled\failed stain, and then to sand the deck to remove any left over stain, and the fine silver fibers that the deck cleaner will leave.
I'm wondering though if I should really strip the deck and sand it, as I dont want a blotchy nightmare scenario as I'm afraid I might find myself in if I just re-stain...
If anyone could advise me as to what is the approach they would do that would be great..