Any advice for me on my deck

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Forum topic by cam1297 posted 06-03-2012 10:24 PM 1140 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2012 10:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question cedar refurbishing

I’m having trouble with my deck stain. Actually, I’ve had trouble for 5 years. I’m the second owner of the house. The original owners put down a cedar deck and put a semi-transparent stain on. I’m sure it was sprayed on, since there was overspray on the house. It peeled a year later. I just pressure washed off the old, and put down some Sherwin William solid stain. In a lot of spots it held, but in others, same thing happened it peeled. 2 years after that, I pressure washed and put down solid stain again.

The deck had a solid skirting and I just removed it to improve air flow. Some of the deck boards are cupping, so I’m going to replace them. Here is where some more of the problems are.

1. I’m trying to strip the deck with Wolman stripper. It will get all the way down and strip the stain on some boards. It will remove the top layer of stain on some. And it doesn’t seem to work on some other boards at all.

2. I’ve tried to use my belt sander, and it isn’t working very well to strip the stain at all. 50 grit belts

3. I’ve tried my random orbit sander same as belt sander. 60 grit discs.

My homeowner pressure washer has had some success in combination with the stripper, but I bet its just underpowered at max 1500 psi.

Any help or tips will be appreciated.

P.S. any suggestions on how to get the stain to stay on this time?


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#1 posted 06-06-2012 08:34 PM

hello, first step is to use a stripper. Since you are working with wood, the next step is then sanding your deck untill all spots and dirt are gone. While sanding you clear the greyed out layer and the natural wood color comes back. Then how to stain you deck you can find in this link. Here is also a video showing you exactly which tools to use and how to stain. Good staining!
PS: use stainless steel srews in order to prevent your wood from ‘bleeding’ and in order to maintain your natural color of your wood use UV filtering stain only!

-- Marcos Villamontes, Santa Cruz,

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