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Punjabtantrum 04-30-2009 02:31 PM

Deck Staining Question
I have a deck that has old and new wood. Some of the wood is aged and some is still new looking. What is the best type of deck stain to use to make them appear the same color without using a solid color?


Grampa Bud 04-30-2009 02:51 PM

If all the wood is bare (ie. not painted or stained) then rent yourself a 1500# P.S.I. pressure washer and blast the heck out of the entire surface. The deck should come out looking like all new wood!! Then whatever locally acclaimed oil base stain in your choice of color(or not) and you should be good to go. Remember though on a flat surface like a deck you will probably have to restain every year to two years.

jellydonut 04-30-2009 09:33 PM

I wouldn't suggest 'blasting' any wood. Be careful with a powerwasher because you can damage the wood. I would suggest a percarbonate wood cleaner and then powerwash. Make sure to make smooth sweeping motions with the powerwasher as it will mark the wood if you leave it in one spot.

Because you have wood at different stages of aging, you may want to go with a solid stain, as this will cover up the discrepancies.

joenusz 05-01-2009 12:08 AM

Something else you can try - take a sample of each wood (new and old) to a paint store that does stain matching. Tell them to find two tinting formulas in the same stain product (recommended for the wood, of course) to match your desired color on both pieces of wood.

If they can match it, clean the wood per the instructions on the stain and apply.

4ThGeneration 05-02-2009 10:51 PM


Do not ever blast the heck out of wood unless you want it to splinter and fuzz up.

You have to use a process of detailed cleaning to bring the wood back to be "READY" for stain.

The right stain is only part of the process.

Check out my website under wood restoration if you want a quick rundown. Even with what I give on the site will not be "ALL" you need to know. Send me a message if you need help or read my other posts on this subject.

As I say to everyone. I will tell you how to restore a deck, but that is different from you doing it. A specialist is always needed due to unforseen problems that can arise.

mjkpainting 06-23-2009 12:10 PM

Stain Stripper???
Yes be very careful with a pressure washer on wood. If use a tip with enough pressure you can actually write your name in the wood with a pressure washer. Chemical cleans and strips wood not water pressure

4th generation-
What product do you use to strip and revive the wood????

I havn't really come across a product that I liked or trust. I have really tried to stay away stripping, using the brightener and re staining in transparent b/c I never like the way it comes out.

saggdevil 06-23-2009 05:17 PM

My brother-in-law used a pressure cleaner on their deck and almost destroyed it. It was left in terrible condition with splinters, etc. That was a few years back and now holes have started in some areas where I believe was originally some wood knots that got worked loose with the washer. BE CAREFUL IF YOU CHOOSE THIS ROUTE. And then there is the issue of water and wood...they just don't mix well, lol :no:.

Matthewt1970 06-23-2009 05:26 PM

I am sure he didn't mean blast it that hard, but I agree that you do need to be careful. Also solid stains on a walking surface can start to show marks and usually you are better off with a semi-transparent.

4ThGeneration 06-23-2009 10:51 PM

Sometimes the wood may be to a point where you have to use a solid stain like Sherwin Williams Deck scapes.

I use a stripper made by ACR products. Very good stripper chem. I also have a chem that will allow me to custom create the strength for harder to strip finishes. I use a pH brightener from them also.

Do a Google of ACR products and give Tom a call. He can hook you up with the right chems for the job.

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