We are painting or staining the deck of a fixer-upper this summer. The question is which paint or stain? it looks like someone in the past painted? or stained? an area of it. Looks like it was sprayed on judging from the overspray. Probably just one coat as it has worn to bare wood in a lot a places. I've been told I can use a Flood product with out much prep (no sanding) regardless of what is on it now. Any thoughts?
Doesn't matter what product you use...
If the deck is showing that kind of surface, SAND IT DOWN to even wood-tone.
* Rent a flat, vibrating-plate sander that uses 12" x 18" sheets.
* Sand through old coatings & crappy wood.
* NOW, you've got a surface that will ABSORB AND HOLD stains evenly.
THEN...decide if you want a solid-color look; OR the semi-transparent look, where you can see the woodgrain.