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Old 05-07-2013, 12:25 PM   #46
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I thought you were using synthetic decking but I read your latest post to read you were stripping the deck and were told you could put Woodscapes over it. I thought you had changed your mind and meant the horizontal decking. Sorry. I don't think any solid stain products hold up very well if to be walked on, etc.

You can get factory colors of Woodscapes or tint it like paint.
Just for information purposes my deck is stained with Woodscapes and holds up just fine to foot traffic. I have the whole deck and all the railings done with Woodscapes, in a light gray and it lasts about 3-4 years before I need to recoat it.


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We would like to add one. Haven't decided on what kind or: pvc/vinyl or wood. I think it would be cheaper to build one from scratch versus kit. The one at Menards was $2,000.00. Yikes.

I think my main question would be how to attach it. It has to be self-standing. But do we pour footings or attach it to the joists?

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I thought there was a lot of problems with Trex. You better check. I find it hard to believe that you are going with a pricey synthetic deck material, and then skimping on the Paint/Stain. That dog don't hunt.
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I never went with Trex when I built my house because many of my neighbors have it and they are constantly fighting mildew stains with it. I decided to just go with pressure treated wood and color stain it. Mine cleans up great, with little effort and looks good enough for me. I am very happy I didn't go with synthetic.
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I would have never guessed the solid white stain would have covered the existing.
Well that is the advantage of using stain to begin with. You can keep going over it without stripping the last. However, white solid stain will never look quite the same as a paint with sheen.
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I thought there was a lot of problems with Trex. You better check. I find it hard to believe that you are going with a pricey synthetic deck material, and then skimping on the Paint/Stain. That dog don't hunt.
It has its fair share of problems. I am putting most of my money into the Trex so funds were a little short for the stain but that issue has been taken care of. We have decided to go with SW. So I don't consider that skimping.
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I never went with Trex when I built my house because many of my neighbors have it and they are constantly fighting mildew stains with it. I decided to just go with pressure treated wood and color stain it. Mine cleans up great, with little effort and looks good enough for me. I am very happy I didn't go with synthetic.
Well we have A LOT of wood and as a diy'er it is hard pay the amount of money that a professional wants to stain them. When we do it ourselves, it always kicks our butts. So that is why we decided to go with the trex. I an keeping my fingers crossed and hoping it works out for us.
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Well that is the advantage of using stain to begin with. You can keep going over it without stripping the last. However, white solid stain will never look quite the same as a paint with sheen.
Well this will be my first experience with white stain. If we decide that we like the trex, then we might start replacing railing a little at a time.
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Okay here are a few pictures that i took this morning. I tired to get as much deck in the picture as possible. Forgive the mess!
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Well you have about 3 time as much decking as most setups and I can see that the Trex will cost a small fortune. With your layout I don't think you will have much of a mildew problem. It looks like your decking is exposed to the sun most of the time so you should be good. I think the stain will do a good job on the railings and it's fairly difficult, as well as costly, to replace the railings with synthetic.

When you paint the railings, those little mini rollers work great http://www.homedepot.com/p/Linzer-6-...ct_description
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Yeah, it is a lot of work. We are going to put a pergola 10 x 10 ? on the deck by the house. Hopefully that wont cause any issues, It just gets so hot out there we really can't enjoy it. Our last patio set was destroyed by the wind.
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Question: How do I know how much sanding is enough?

Here are a few pics of before and after sanding.
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That looks good, all you need to really to do is knock down any pealing areas that would give someone a splinter. The stain adheres well to the wood and is fairly thick. It will fill in the smaller cracks very well and get down in the larger ones enough to offer some protection from them getting any bigger. Plan on 2 coats for good coverage. When I first put it on my deck, I put 3 coats on the floor section. It holds up so well that now I just use 2 coats when I do it.

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