Best Stain & Recommended Prep for Upstate NY
First and foremost thank you, thank you, thank you!!! After searching the internet and YouTube in vain for days, I stumbled across deckstainhelp.com and I am so very grateful. Finally a site with experts who ask the critical questions needed to provide sound advice. Keep up the good work! Now for the questions.
- Deck Location State: Albany New York
- Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun
- Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
- Mold or Mildew Issues: Yes
- Reason for Previous Stain Failure: Cracked, Peeled, Flaked Off
- Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain (Solid, Semi-transparent, Transparent, etc): Behr Solid Color Waterproofing Wood Stain over Behr wood stain primer.
The deck was built in the late 80s - early 90s and the deck surface had very little coating and was grayed by UV exposure. The deck boards are probably CCA treated and are nailed not screwed. In 2016 I completely stripped the previous coating with a stripper product and then sanded followed by cleaning and a brightener. I used a Behr wood stain primer and applied two coats of the Behr solid color waterproofing wood stain. That product performed very poorly to say the least. In less than a year it started cracking and peeling. I will NEVER use anything but a penetrating stain ever again per your advice.
It's time to do this the right way. My goal is to use a product that will not crack, blister, and fail. I want to be able to just clean and reapply stain as needed. The attached photos show some typical deck boards after I spent this last weekend stripping and sanding with a walk-behind orbital sander. The stripper did not work very well and I gouged the boards somewhat with the pressure washer - sanding was unavoidable. I used 40 grit paper followed by 60 grit and will now sand smooth using 80 grit using belt and orbital hand sanders. After sanding, I plan to clean and brighten using the Restore-A-Deck products. Based on your reviews it appears that TWP 1500 semi-transparent would be the best choice. Can you please review the photos and confirm my restoration plan?