[Sticky] Deck Staining Help
We just put in a new redwood deck here in Colorado. I was planning to stain in the spring once temps were over 50 overnight. However, I am told that because the builder sanded the deck that the wood greying process will accelerate and that I should stain sooner. He recommends January. My concern is that it will be to cold to do the job properly. Can we wait until April when we will have warmer days (and nights)?
You cannot stain this now or in January. Graying (oxidation) is normal and encouraged. You remove this by cleaning and brightening in the Spring: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/staining-a-new-deck/
Waiting until Spring is the proper way.
State: New Jersey
little bit of mildew
Issues: flaking and some black spots, small splits all over
Previous stain: Sherwin Williams Superdeck and previous to that SW Deckscapes
Would like to salvage the deck as much as possible. Should I sand and strip? How best to prep and what stain should I use. I want the best.
Thompsons has poor reviews and results. Best to strip and start over. Brighten the wood after. Stain with one of these brands:
See this for prep:
You can stain the same day but only with the Restore A Deck Wood Stain.
2. Full Sun
3. Pressure treated Southern Yellow Pine
4. No mold or mildew issues
5. It is a new deck. It was completed a couple of months ago in March. I would prefer to have at least some of the grain visible. Also, should I be concerned that the deck screws are visible? Do you recommend concealing them and if so, what product do you recommend using?
See this about new wood: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/staining-a-new-deck/
You cannot hide deck screws. No need.
New on here and man I love this site. We have a 10X35 foot deck on our trailer on Balsam Lake (Ontario Canada). We’ve had it for 4 years now but the deck is pealing bad. I don’t think the previous owners did a great job on painting it. I really want to strip it down and stain it. My husband wants to hire someone to do it BUT I think we could do it. I read your reviews for some products but I just wanted to check the steps first.
The first pic is to show the size of deck and the 2nd is to show how bad the deck is peeling.
2. Full sun for most of the day (deck is on east side of home)
4. Yes, last spring when the snow melted, there was mold/mildew. We had a new baby last summer and other than using some Wet and Forget, we did not really have the time or energy to address the mildew issue. We need to get rid of this.
5. Just the mold. The deck is not even 3 years old. Built end of summer 2016, cleaned and stained with Thompson's Water Seal in 2017, and then mold showed up in spring of 2018 less than a year after staining, and still persists.