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Old 05-05-2012, 10:15 PM   #16
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Deck staining problems

The problem with second coating is many times it will sit on top and actually become sticky to the touch.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:20 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by pucks101 View Post
That really looks to me like one single coat of not-very-stirred semi-transparent stain on the left, and a 2nd coat of semi-transparent stain on the right. If you like the look of the stain on the right, you could probably re-coat the left so it looks the same. I think once you use this stuff though, you're stuck re-coating it every 2-3 years, because it's going to chip and peel, especially on a flat surface that you walk on..
I think you are confusing semi-trans with solid stain.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:53 PM   #18
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I think you are confusing semi-trans with solid stain.
Yes- thanks, good catch. I meant to say it looked like poorly stirred semi-transparent on left, and a solid-stain on the right..
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:38 PM   #19
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I actually used Smart Strip and Lifeline Ultra 7 on my front porch and back deck. They were both painted AND somehow had some type of "waxy" coating under the paint which I will never understand. They turned out BEAUTIFUL and I know I used a good product that will last. Both are environmentally friendly too so I didn't kill my flowers and bushes!
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:15 AM   #20
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Lots of valuable advice! Thanks everyone. I stripped the right side yesterday- used a stain stripper, pressure washer, and then sanded- took all day but for the most part is all off. I am thinking of leaving the other half of the deck the way it is- they are all separate boards- thus even if it does notlook exact, each board will be stained from end to end. At the very least, the part that looked painted on is gone!
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