We bought our house 3 years ago and the deck was a sight. When they built the house in 2005, they used a solid (I assume acrylic) stain on it and now it's worn and peeling. We want it to look nice but we just havent been sure what to do to it.
The other day, I saw Deck Restore http://www.synta.com/prod_restoredeckbro3.html and am now thinking of using it. It's thick and will fill in all the cracks and splinters but I still have the railings to deal with. I don't know if I have to strip the whole thing or what.
Welcome Angie. Not being familiar with the product you speak of, I can't honestly address the particular prep requirements. One of the problems you have that needs to be addressed before any product can go down is removing the loose dead wood fibers and get the surface down to sound wood. When wood is exposed to long term UV radiation it destroys the lignin in the wood. Lignin is to wood as mortar is to a brick wall, it holds the wood fibers together, basically. The rain then begins to erode the surface and turns once smooth wood into a rutted, textured surface. Chemicals and pressure washing will do a lot to remove it, but sometimes a good thorough sanding is required as well. I'm a supporter of DIY, but I think some things are best left to pros. Deck restoration is not an easy thing physically or knowledge wise. There are a lot of variables. Personally, I think that a lot of the problems that people have with decks can be chalked up to improper preparation, a general lack of knowledge of all of the details, and not following the suggested maintenance and retreatment routine, and the blame for the failure gets lodged against the product used. I can give you all the advice I have at my disposal, but the best advice I can give is that you seek out three or four reputable deck refinishers, get estimates, check references, especially those who have used the outfit over a period of years on a repeat basis, and bite the bullet on the price. Don't seek out the best price, but the job that will be done the best. People who shop on price when it comes to labor services are unhappy on a long term basis. And, if you sit down and figure it out, it's probably cheaper and faster to have it done professionally than to do it yourself. Good Luck and keep us posted as you advance through your project.
PS The fact that no one has jumped on your question in over twenty four hours, leads me to believe I'm on to something.