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Old 07-25-2008, 10:59 AM   #1
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I have a new deck and wish I could keep the PT wood looking like new. I see there are a lot of water seal type products and bleach cleaners, but is there anything that will keep PT wood from turning gray...like having the wood wear sunscreen, perhaps? Thanks!

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I'll let the people more experienced with decks advise you on that...


...but, even if your wood does turn grey, you can remove that with a product called "wood bleach", also known as oxalic acid.

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It my understanding you have to wait on a pt wood deck for a little while before you do anything. And yes you can do something but i forget what its called. Meaning the guys on the other forum have something they like to go with.

Now that i think about it i haven't seen the one guy from colorado who builds awesome decks post in a while over there.
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Sikkens recommends at least 6 weeks for a PT deck to weather. I'd recommend longer than that. Even at 6 months I've seen chemical coming out of a deck. You can wash it down with a good Sodium Percarbonite based cleaner like Restore-a-deck, or Wolman DeckBrite. Wood bleach should only be needed if you have excessive staining.

As for a clear finish with UV protection, they are few in number and don't do the job all that well. The most widely known is probably Flood CWF-UV. I'd personally recommend a good pigmented semi-transparent stain like Sikkens SRD.
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A little pigment is needed for that UV protection
I'd also recommend a stain like Sikkens SRD or Cabot's Clear Solutions
Neither is a true clear, but both have a little tint to them

If you want a true clear, then go with Wolman's RainCoat
It comes it oil or water-based
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A little pigment is needed for that UV protection
I'd also recommend a stain like Sikkens SRD or Cabot's Clear Solutions
Neither is a true clear, but both have a little tint to them

If you want a true clear, then go with Wolman's RainCoat
It comes it oil or water-based

Thats it Cabot's. Guys on the other forum love that stuff.
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You know, that grey layer is actually quite thin and can be pressure-washed off. Then, as Nestor said, oxalic acid-based cleaners are the next in line for more severely greyed wood, then oxygen-based bleaches like Oxiclean (the trade name for sodium percarbonate),then something really strong like sodium hydroxide followed by an acidic neutralising rinse is the 'nothing left to loose' solution just before replacement.

Pressure-washing carefully is what I do every year or so...
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Thanks everyone...i think the light stain idea is best for me

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