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Old 08-10-2008, 01:37 PM   #1
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My deck is old and weathered. I'm looking to restain. I want to go w/ a semi transparent stain. I am using Sherwin Deckscapes products. The first step is to use the Deckwash. The deckwash is pretty much a light stripping agent designed to remove dirt and finish and somewhat bleaches the wood. My main question here is to how do I know when I've done enough to prep for the stain. I have provided a couple of pics after the first treatment of deckwash. The Green stains and the ground in dirt have come out beautifully, but as you will see the wood still has bits of it's color. Do I need all that color to be gone or is it looking good now?








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You possibly could (technically) go over that now, but it will not look as good as it could
It will appear somewhat blotchy and not absorbed evenly and properly

I disagree the wash is somewhat of a stripper, I would call a cleaner

I would step up to a mild stripper (Wolman's) or sand before staining

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You possibly could (technically) go over that now, but it will not look as good as it could
It will appear somewhat blotchy and not absorbed evenly and properly

I disagree the wash is somewhat of a stripper, I would call a cleaner

I would step up to a mild stripper (Wolman's) or sand before staining

OK thanks Slick. I guess its serving its purpose well cleaning. I will try a mild stripper next. So basically I want to end up w/ the entire deck looking like the whitest parts of what I have now? YOu will notice the post in my picture basically didn't strip at all - I want to make sure that is stripped all the way too? Thanks.
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If you make the whole deck look as much like the light spots as possible, you'll have the best possible surface for your staining project, and your effort will be rewarded with a top quality looking job
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The stripper did nothing on the posts. Do you think my next step should be to rent a sander?
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...mmm....you could....
At this point I'd ask what type of stain you are using
Is it darker and/or more solid than what's on there?
Like a medium tint semi-trans or something?

The posts could end up darker than the decking, but if they are in good shape, and not blotchy with stain, and the new color is darker than what's on there, I'm wondering if it's worth it to sand
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This is my 12 yr-old Redwood deck...West side, never in shade.
Did some sanding on the steps, etc. Stained mid July '08.
I'm also sanding spindles & fascia-boards.



My stain of choice!!!

Sanded deck floor 3 yrs ago with a Vibrating-plate sander. Still looks real good!

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...mmm....you could....
At this point I'd ask what type of stain you are using
Is it darker and/or more solid than what's on there?
Like a medium tint semi-trans or something?

The posts could end up darker than the decking, but if they are in good shape, and not blotchy with stain, and the new color is darker than what's on there, I'm wondering if it's worth it to sand

This is the stain I have. Its Sherwin Deckscapes. Cedar Bark. Semi Trans.


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I just tried treating the posts again w/ Wolman's stripper, no change. I have the floor and majority of the railings completely blond. I think I'm going to take my chances with the posts.
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I concur
Go for it
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Ok, I got the coating life extender down. Looks real nice. Not blotchy whatesoever. The second coat of Wolman's really did a lot for the stripping. Wolman's is so much better than any other stripper I tried. With the life extender down, I'm getting ready to stain. I have seen and heard conflicting reports - one coat or two?
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I believe DeckScapes is a one coat product


...however, I don't mind letting you know I've more experience with two other one-coat oil trans/semi-trans (Cabot & BM), and I have used two coats of both if the situation calls for it
Like, trying to darken it up a bit, or one coat just sucks right into the wood

With both products I used the Cabot recommended wet on wet method
In other words, second coat before the first dries

If it sounds tricky, it is...especially for decking
Rails/posts it's a little easier
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Ok thanks. I'll pay attention to the absorbtion.
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when you put 2 coats on, i dont understand why it has to be wet on wet or put it on wet on dry? What would happen if the instructions are wet on wet and you do wet on dry? does it even matter?!?!

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