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Posted On: 2013-04-08 12:06:01
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What is best method for staining an outdoor Wood Deck?

Hey all.
We have an outdoor Deck that is made of Wood which is well worn out due to Sun, Rain, weather.
I want to renew this Deck by staining it new.
So how does one go about staining an out door Deck?
To be exact, do I need to 1st sand the current stain off the Deck?
Do I need to Powerwash the Deck 1st?
Thanks.

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5 years 10 months ago

no iam not
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If your deck is weathered badly, you will need to pressure wash the deck. But pressure washing alone won't do it. You will need to apply wood restorer or cleaner. Do a section at a time. Spray a small section of the deck with the restorer. Keep it wet for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then pressure wash that section. Applying the wood restorer helps prevent damaging your deck with the pressure washer and brings back the natural look of the wood. This done then you can stain after the deck is dry.
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The big question is whether it is a semi-transparent, solid color, or natural finish currently. These facts will determine your prep, and product to use moving forward. Is it water based solid, or oil based? etc. Power washing will be most important, so it becomes clean, and gets loose product, dirt, mildew, etc. off the deck.

Total removal of any old coating is always good, but very labor intensive obviously. If you power wash, and then do some hand tool prep, you do not necessarily have to remove it all. You can go over what is left behind. However, if you have the time, and want to remove it, you can. I just know how labor intensive that is, and although best to remove it, you can avoid that step, and just go over what remains.
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5 years 10 months ago
The current Stain on the Deck is a redwood color. So I think that would be a solid color.

And yes about "Total removal of any old coating is always good, but very labor intensive" since I sanded the old Stain to put the current one on it and with bad equipment that I had this indeed was a "labor intensive" task.

So you are saying I can Stain the Deck on top of the current Stain and would not need to remove the old stain 1st? Hum! Others have told me otherwise!
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5 years 10 months ago
You can re-stain without removing all the old stain if you use the same color. If not, you will have to remove all of the old stain color first.
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5 years 10 months ago
This is Nonsense....If the wood has turned Black, re-staining isn't going to change anything except make matters worse ......stick with vincespaoli's Advice. It is the sure way to renewing the desired results... Power wash - sand - treat with Thompson's Water Seal - and if desired add a couple of coats of Clear Coat to give the Deck a Shinny Finish and it will be more durable and last for years. TRIED AND TRUE
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Let's not be confussed: There is no way around pressure washing your deck without using a wood restorer. Exterior wood stain comes in three shades; transparent, semi-transparent and solid. Thompson's Water Sealant is not a stain. However, it does protect and prolong the natural look of you wooden deck. Vincespagoli is right, the more coats the longer the sealant will last.
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5 years 10 months ago
lets not forge tRealtime, if your last coat has now become flakey, staining right over it will leave marks that will look like a roadmap.. ..I suggest you remove the old stain completely. and for me , sanding is the best way to get the wood closer to its natural look yes it takes longer , but you can rent a large floor sander which will speed up the Job and as I said before , If the wood has gone Black...staining over it will not change the color ..your Redwood will appear to be Black
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5 years 10 months ago
Welll Realtime, it appears you have two master chefs cooking the same dish in the same kitchen. I'm convinced vincespagoli is a pro because I have seen his excellant detailed explanation to another question. However, there is more than one way to skin a cat. Sanding your deck will work but very labor intense and what about the railings. Hard to sand. Pressure washing with a wood restorer works unbelievably well. If done properly, your solid stained deck will look new with less labor activity.
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5 years 10 months ago

Best way is with a old soft broom, pour your stain in to a bucket and use the old broom to brush it in to all the grain and groves
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5 years 10 months ago

Power Washing will only remove the loose sand or dirt.... If the wood Has gone Black, I would sand it till it is more natural looking, then I would use THOMPSON'S WATER SEAL. give the deck a couple of treatments and that should protect it from water Damage...Resist Mildew and UV Damage.....it comes in several tints test on a piece of wood before applying..........for more information Contact http://muskokawoodworks.atspace.co.uk ..... Vince



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