2 tone advice
I have a 7 year old deck that i stained a few times with Armstrong Clark Semi-Transparent Rustic Brown.
I am interested in a two-tone approach making the railings / verticals white. My question is do i use a solid-deck stain in white or paint? Also, what is the best brand that will give me a solid white color (not off-white color). I plan to keep the floor and the hand rail the same semi-transparent Rustic brown.
Also, if staining / painting the verticals, do i have to power wash the current AC - semi transparent stain off before putting on new product?
Thank you for your help!
Thanks for your quick response... i see Restore-A-Deck also makes a white that looks good in your review section. I may try that.
Two more questions...
1) I have a few cracks in some of the railings...should i fill them before using the solid stain? if so, what can I fill them with?
2) When applying the solid stain do I use a brush or roller? I want it to appear as solid as possible - not sure if brush application leaves marks.
Update - Almost finished staining the deck... hot temps here have held me up. If anyone is interested I went with Restore A Deck solid in classic white for the verticals and Armstrong Clark Semi-Transparent Rustic Brown for the deck and top of rail. Also added some trim to the base of each post. We are very pleased with how it turned out! Thanks for your help!
I tried going the 2 tone approach
Armstrong Clark Semi solid Mountain Cedar for vertical rails
Armstrong Clark Semi transparent Cedar for the boards and some horizontal rail parts
Unfortunately it didnt quite work well as the colours were too close to each other. I can tell the difference but to a person who doesn't know what I did, it all looks the same colour. Perhaps I didnt mix the Mountain Cedar well, but I stirred the can for a good 15mins plus occasionally stirred it as I worked so it can't be that