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jdewitt 06-10-2012 09:49 PM

restain deck
I stained my deck two years ago using gray solid stain. Of course it is chipping and has a lot of wear and tear. I was going to strip and re stain with a semi transparant but that seems way to difficult now. So my question is this: If i want to just recoat it with the same (or similar) solid stain what steps should I take? I want the easiest/quickest approach. Do i have to sand it? do I have to clean it? or can i just pressure wash- let dry- prime- restain? If i do have to clean what should I use? also I dont know exactly what stain I used...oil vs latex... does that matter when priming and restaining? Also I used like maybe valspar or some Home Dept brand of stain- can I use cabot primer and stain if I can get it to match the color, or should I use the same (lesser) product.
My ideal plan would be to get it done this weekend- clean and rinse (no pressure washing) today, prime tomorrow, stain sunday... is it even possible to do it that quick.
Thanks I know there are alot of questions but we are trying to sell our house and just want the best yet most cost effective quickest approach.

Thanks so much

jsheridan 06-11-2012 04:39 AM

Hi Jessica, "best" and "most cost effective quickest approach" don't exactly fit in the same sentence. After a deck is washed it needs two-three days of good drying weather prior to finishing. To wash I would apply a light bleach and trisodium phosphate solution, let it dwell for 15-20 minutes, the hit it with some low pressure rinse. Since you did it two years ago with a big box solid stain, I doubt it's oil. What you use now is really up to you and what you want to spend. When you say "prime", I hope you don't mean with traditional paint primer. I would hit any heavily worn areas with a first coat of the chosen stain, allow to dry, and then full coat the deck and be done.

chrisn 06-11-2012 05:05 PM

let it dwell for 15-20 minutes,

you kill me:laughing:

LangM 06-13-2012 04:30 AM

If you want to receive the same color as you previously had you should use the same paint. I tried it myself and can admit that it is not that bad.
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