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  1. Painting
    Hey I would appreciate any advice on this. Background: We are looking to paint this area which includes exterior wood pillars, an awning, a fence wall and a gate. I want to retain the rustic wood texture so I felt stain would be better than paint. Problem: My painter disagreed with the stain...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I built my deck six years ago and always used deck scapes water seal. The deck is getting old and I want to apply some colour. I have power washed the deck but still have some milky residue here in there. Is there an easy way to add colour to my deck? What type of stain can I put on it now? I...
  3. Painting
    I live in Metro Detroit. The deck is about 7 years old. I stained it last summer using Thompson's Waterseal and it is already peeling (it was power-washed, then cleaned with Valspar deck cleaner before being stained). I decided to re-do it again this summer. I power-washed it and then cleaned it...
  4. Painting
    Hi everyone, I am building a catio (cat house) on the side of my home. I am using Douglas-fir lumber for the structure, and it will sit on top of pressure-treated Hem-fir 2x6's (which will rest on concrete). I am a bit confused on how to stain the structure, which I definitely want to do so that...
  5. Painting
    I build this dock in Nov 2020 (been six months but half of that time was below freezing here in MN). I used AC2 treated 2x6. I'm looking to stain, and on my other exterior wood i've had good success of Cabot Semi-Solid New Redwood Oil-based stain. I will probably stick with Cabot. I'm looking...
  6. General DIY Discussions
    So, I have a vintage record player cabinet with the wicker speaker cover. Some of the wicker was broken on a very small level. The person I bought it from said he adds super glue to fix those. I did that, with a clear glue and it permanently darkened those spots. So it looks worst than it did...
  7. HVAC
    Hello all. This forum really helped me about 8 months ago when a chipmunk setup shop inside of my heat pump and decided to consume most of the wiring there. Thanks again for everyone's contribution. That problem has long been solved. New problem: I was visiting my parents house over the...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello DIY friends! I live in Washington, DC, and I am currently having a new dry-laid flagstone patio installed (variegated Pennsylvania bluestone). I love the look of the flagstone when it’s wet, but it looks faded and too light when dry. I was going to just get a sealer, but I have read some...
  9. Painting
    Sorry if this turns out a little long winded...just looking for some assistance. We just moved into our new home with hard wood stairs. The stairs were stained using Minwax Performance Series. However, I'm not sure what technique they used because it looks so pigmented it seems like its just...
  10. General DIY Discussions
    All wood pictured, excluding the banister & spindles, was covered in plush carpet. I have a more kid friendly/high traffic carpet being installed in 2 weeks to simply go down the stairs. I’m looking for advice on how to deal with the huge gaps all along the sides of the stairway along the...
  11. Painting
    My whole house has been sanded down in preparation for stain. The old cedar cleaned up way better than I thought it would. I did a test area using TWP 1500 series in pecan on the back of my house and thought it looked great (warm golden brown). However, another test spot on the front of the...
  12. Painting
    My house has Sikkens SRD semi-transparent stain. It only last about 4 years on the sunny side of my house. The prep is difficult compared to other products. Everyone whom I have asked said that I can't stain over that. Is that true? If it isn't, does Behr semi-transparent stain work over...
  13. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi There! I was wondering if you could offer some insight on this concrete staining project I took on over a very old damaged floor. I bought: Kemiko Stone Tone Concrete Stain (Aqua Blue) and I’m on my second coat and a lot of areas are not taking the stain but others are. I know this is due to...
  14. Painting
    After doing a bunch of research on stains for my untreated cedar fence, I came to the conclusion that Ready Seal is my best bet for staining. The fence is 1 year old and has not had any treatment/stain applied so I think it is just considered rough cut. I do not believe it is considered milled...
  15. Painting
    Hello Everyone, I'm in NY and I completed a rebuild of my deck a few months back. It's 5/4 Cedar decking and I'm shopping around for a coating. I'm considering using a semi-transparent oil based stain - Any thoughts on this ? I would really appreciate advice on which products are best -...
  16. Flooring
    Hello I noticed 2 blue streaks appear on our flooring from under the kitchen island heading directly towards the downstairs bathroom. Could this be a leak under the flooring? It could be a stain but I don't know how this could have appeared over night while we were all sleeping ! Image...
  17. Painting
    The question is in what order? In what order would you apply--Termite repellent/Stain/Waterproof? Im using boracare and timbor for termite repellent, Thompsons water seal for weather proofing and oil based dark walnut stain. I think I should apply Boracare or Timbor first then oil based stain...
  18. Carpentry
    Hello, Attached is a video of me walking across my back deck. This home is new to us, so don't blame me on the deck's condition. :wink2: I still think I can salvage it, but what can I do to make the awful sound stop? We live in a high humidity area, is it because of moisture in the air? Should...
  19. Painting
    Looking at Floods CWF or Armstrong Clark Stain or any suggestion? Building cedar Gazebo with 1/2 walls and Bahama shutters. Looking for a semi transparent stain for the walls and structure. Solid stain for the shutters. All wood will be cedar. Lowest maintenance product is what I need. Both...
  20. Carpentry
    I have a wood countertop that I'm refinishing. It currently has a dark brown stain and a heavy finish. I'm going to remove that and want to achieve a more natural feel. So what is best to finish a butcher block countertop? I don't like a heavy shine. I see oil and wax options out there, which...
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