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Old 10-31-2009, 07:51 PM   #1
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I'm looking for abuse tonight. Yes, solid stain.

Someone please reply to this plan, thanx.

condition;
**structurally perfect 15 yr old PT decks (3)
**deck flooring greyed and blackened by some staining, and grain is very rough sometimes splintery
**3 yrs ago applied cabot's au timber honey teak but it's washed out now

PLAN:
1)pressure wash with 20% bleach/water mix
2)lightly sand with orbital (or belt?)
3)apply cabot's oil based primer
4)apply solid white cabots (or other brand) acrylic latex 2 coats

How bad is this plan? I'm gonna be in this Massachusetts home a long time.


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Old 11-02-2009, 10:30 PM   #2
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I'm looking for abuse tonight. Yes, solid stain.

Someone please reply to this plan, thanx.
I took it upon myself to just change your plan...

Primer and solid stain is a bad idea because it will look terrible after foot traffic and everyday use.

Revised PLAN:
1)Strip
2)pH balance
3)Sand with orbital sander
4)Allow to dry a couple days
5)Apply Armstrong Clark Semi Solid instead.

If you were trying to get away with having to maintain your deck you were mistaken. 2-3 years just lightly strip and pH balance. Apply another coat. It will look a whole lot better than the solid stain plan.

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I'm going to agree in principle with those changes to the plan.

I would:

1)Strip
2)pH balance
3)Allow to dry a couple days
4)Sand with orbital sander-60 grit
5)I hear good things about Armstrong, but don't have any experience with it. I have used Ready Seal

I'd avoid the solids, so it will be easier to apply the next time. Here will be the procedure next time:

1. Lightly clean
2. Stain
3. Enjoy
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But semi-solid shows the grain - a disaster here. So you convinced me not to do anything. I was looking for the latest solution but looks like the paint gods have not found a solution in recent times. Thanx, anyway. You saved me some pain.
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I wrote yesterday as to how to seal my grey weathered deck and I haven't yet received a reply. I wonder if I asked in the wrong forum. Looks like you got good advice!
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how do you ph balance a deck?
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Solid vs Semi Trans "can" be a matter of preference but semi's hold up better on horizontal surfaces especially traffic areas. PLEASE, no matter what you do, keep latex products away from the deck.

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