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
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.
let it dwell for 15-20 minutes,
you kill me:laughing:
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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