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Old 04-07-2011, 02:35 PM   #1
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Bought the home in '08 and never owned a deck. some of the paint on the railings has chipped off, and some on the posts as well.

1. what do you use for this? deck stain with sealant?
2. do you use the same thing for the posts as the railings?
3. and do you need to repaint the posts? the post goes fairly high off the ground, so not sure how i'd even be able to paint it myself.
4. does it matter what color you use because you're painting over it?

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Old 04-07-2011, 02:44 PM   #2
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This was painted with a solid stain. Basically a paint. You would need to remove all the loose paint before you did anything. You could try to gently power wash the deck to minimize wood damage. Once you removed all the loose paint, you'd make a determination as to what you could do. If all the paint came off, you could do anything you wanted. If only part of it came off, you would need to put a solid stain back on to cover the deck uniformly.
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Bought the home in '08 and never owned a deck. some of the paint on the railings has chipped off, and some on the posts as well.

1. what do you use for this? deck stain with sealant?
You're probably stuck with a solid stain, use a stain, do not paint.
2. do you use the same thing for the posts as the railings?
You would use the same material, however you could do a two tone deck.
3. and do you need to repaint the posts? the post goes fairly high off the ground, so not sure how i'd even be able to paint it myself.
Unfortunately, if you want uniformity, you will. You can use a ladder or get a mini-roller on a long hande to reach the sections you can't reach from the deck. It's possible to do an entire handrail/spindles from the deck.
4. does it matter what color you use because you're painting over it?
Remember, not painting, staining. No, depending on the chosen stain, it may influence the number of coats/coverage though.

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