Trying to bring back an old deck - Have some questions (Sikkens and Deck Cleaners)
I have been reading posts on here, and decided to join since everyone here looks very knowledgable.
I have deck that is 23x12 that had seen better days. The deck I am figuring is close to 20 years old. The last time it got any TLC what so ever was 7 years ago. I live in the NE, so I saw plenty snow, heat, etc, etc, etc. Being a first time home buyer, I screwed the pooch on it.
This year, I thought it might be dead, so I gave it a power washing. The wood was actually nicer then I thought, so I got myself a nail punch and punched nails for a good 2 days into the deck. Finally I went to Home Depot and rented a belt sander and vibrating stand up sander and went to town. I was able to sand away all of the zebra patterns I had in my deck due to the power washing. In addition I got up all the splinters and such.
So now that the deck is nice and sanded, I still have some grey marks and such from when the splinters came up. So ideally I would like to clean the deck and see what deck brightening will do.
1- What is a good all in one deck cleaner and deck brightner I could buy?
I saw that Behr had one, but the label said that it could cause permanent skin damage. Not to sure how safe that is. So would prefer something safer.
Also, I am not against cleaning first then brightening.
2- I was going to use Sikkens Translucent stain with a bit of color in it. However, I went to my local Sikken's dealer (in a benjamin moore shop) and the guy at the store recommended I do not use Sikkens. He told me that they will no longer be carrying Sikkens once it sells out. He explained that due to govt regulation they changed the product. Since the change (last year) the product is not as good and not worth the money any longer.
- Question I have is, is this guy full of it, or did the product actually change and is not the best any longer?
- If it did change, and it is no longer the best, what should I use instead?
- If it is still good, will I be ok with using a translucent stain? I don't want to end up with a grey deck by the winter.
I have been looking at Defy Extreme Stain. Any reason why I shouldn't use that?
Thanks for reading and the help.
Last edited by Alucard77; 06-20-2012 at 03:06 PM.