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Old 09-15-2007, 01:05 PM   #1
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I have powerwashed most of the paint of the floor of my deck. There are still areas where paint exists. my railing also is completely painted still.
I would like to know what I need to do now.
I sanded a couple planks down to the bare wood and it looks good but was a pain and I would like to avoid doing it to the whole floor and railing.
Do I need to sand the entire wood deck and railing?
Then do I need to purchase primer to prime the deck first?
The paint will be a darker blue color. What Primer and paint do you recommend?
Any help would be great.

I will trade Painting advice for flooring advice

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I would not sand the whole thing to bare wood (unless it needs it for some reason)

Just the loose, ill-adhering spots or anything that needs smoothing out

I wouldn't use paint, I'd use a solid stain (looks like paint, but sticks like a stain)
I tend to use Sikkens for solid deck stains which uses no primer

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Old 09-22-2007, 11:43 AM   #3
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Hey slick.
I sanded one portion down to bare wood except for the ends.
Then stained it a color stain.
Looks great.
But the other portion will require massive sanding if I do the same.
How will the stain penetrate the wood if the paint still exists?
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A quality solid stain should still work OK

For example, Sikkens Rubol DEK (oil) is my Go-To solid stain for problem deck surfaces when it probably should be totally stripped, but that's simply not a viable option (it rarely is)

It will still "stick" way better than paint would
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It looks like I have a water based stain.

Total strip eh?
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No...no...it's a solid stain?
I don't use latex solid stains on decks usually
I'm sure it'll be fine
What kind is it?
I'll look up the TDB to be sure
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Since the deck was painted originally you're always going to have problems with it, no matter what product you use. You'll probably just have to paint it or seal it every year now. Unless you take the time to strip and sand almost all of the paint off of it, getting it back down to bare wood. If you go to all that trouble don't put any paint or even a solid sealer back on it or you'll have the same nightmare again. Use a good oil based semi transparent sealer that can be maintenance coated every couple years. This is your only option if you want a good looking deck all the time and you don't want to have to mess with it every single year. Bottom line is, once a deck has been painted its pretty much a hopeless cause IMO. I get calls from homeowner's with painted decks or solid stain decks, they want me to get it all off and reseal it so the deck looks "natural" again. No thanks, I have to walk away.
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In this scenario where there is exposed wood I like to go with an oil based primer (such as Cabot's Problem Solver) and topcoat with latex solid stain. Unfortunately, Barry is right, you are going to have to be dilligent on the maintenance so it doesn't turn into a peeling mess of a deck again.
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:32 PM   #9
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I got the first section down to the bare wood.
But the second section was not as perfect.

We will see after a winter up here.

I need a new deck anyhow.

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