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Old 03-28-2012, 08:15 AM   #1
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Staining a Deck!!

I have the same problem as the guy before me. Paid someone to paint my deck but apparently got ripped off. All peeling, now I must do it myself. After stripping the old paint, what do I put down on the wood first? Is it a primer just for outdoor wood? Need the steps of stain I should use since I have never attempted anything like this before, thanks!! Seems like all the posts I have read that have used this redwood looking paint have the same problem. It is pressure treated wood. Any suggestions on what to do now?

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:29 AM   #2
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Make sure whatever you buy is oil-based. Latex stains SUCK! With a capital S.

After the guy puts the can on the counter, ask him what you should clean the brush with. If he says "water" then tell him to put it back and get you some real oil based stain.

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Old 03-28-2012, 10:00 AM   #3
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How did you strip off the old stain? Did you neutralize after stripping? What do you want for a finish on the wood? Semi transparent or semi solid or solid? If the stain was redwood color it will be very hard to remove all the red color from the ptw but you should be able to get an acceptable color of wood with proper stripping. Answer the above and we can lead you from there.
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If I'm reading this right someone has already painted the deck instead of a stain?
If that's right then unless all the paints removed it can not be stained.
There's just no way for the stain to soak into the wood now that there's paint on it.
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How old is the P-T wood? Has it weathered enough to accept a finish?
Whatever you buy, read the instructions. Most decking products are self-priming because primers aren't made to be walked on.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:37 PM   #6
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Was paint used or stain? You mentioned paint? Stain should be used on a deck and not paint. Sounds like the deck will have to be stripped, neuutralized-brightened and a quality stain-sealer applied.
If paint was applied that was the wrong product for a deck and if stain was applied then the deck was probably never cleaned proper and brightened. A proper cleaning would have removed greying-dead wood fibers, mold, mildew, mill glaze and would open the poures for the stain to absorb into the deck boards properly.
How long ago was the stain applied?
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Painting a wooden deck becomes a maintenance issue, as moisture will inhibit adhesion at some point. Stain penetrates into the wood, and creates a lower profile. Oil stains are not available everywhere in the US, due to VOC content.

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