[Sticky] Deck Staining Help
No pictures. Make sure the size of photos are less than 3 mb. The current stain will need to be fully removed and do not use Cabot, it has issues. Use TWP 100 Series.
No, you cannot stain this. You will have to remove 100% of the old stain if you want to use another semi-transparent stain. This would require stripping and power sanding.
The other option is to cover what you have with a solid color stain if you cannot get it all off.
Yesterday I used the RAD Stripper and Brightener to remove Penofin Red Label Clear Rosewood Oil. The cedar deck is approximately 5 years old. Prior to installing the Penofin, we sanded the deck down. The Penofin looked terrible after 3 weeks. I believe local wildfire smoke caused the oil to take in the ash. Deck is in Seattle, WA. Anyway, after the stripping, there are some areas where fuzzies showed up. I was thinking of just taking a pole sander with 80 grit to these areas. Once done, I plan to stain with RAD cedar. Before I sand, I wanted to confirm approach. Also, should I put one or two coats of stain down?
See this for some tips:
Typically, two coats of the RAD stain applied wet on wet.
Hi I live in Ontario Canada and having a problem with my deck stain that I applied last year.Full sun, PT wood, deck is 8 years old, no mold however stain is coming off where ever there are knots or imperfections. I stained the deck last summer with a plant base oil stain from Home Hardware and the deck looked good however this spring the stain started coming off where ever there were knots or imperfections. Is there a product that I can apply to the damaged area then stain over or a product that I can stain over existing deck as I do not want to sand deck again. See file for picture. Thanks Dave
No, just recoat with a quality solid stain is our best option at this point. Try Flood Solid stains.
@scrb31 Replying to Dave re his solid stain coming off on knot holes, etc. Had a similar situation after I first used the solid stain by Olympic. Paint sales person suggested I clean my stained deck, then put down a primer, then apply the solid stain. This process helped my stain adhere for almost ten years. Just this year, I've scraped and sanded spots on knot holes and where water would lay at the edges of the decking. I'm going to use the same approach, clean, apply primer, let dry, apply solid stain.
More for Dave re his solid stain coming up in spots -- should have added that my decking is covered, so it may differ from your circumstances. I have a small porch with decking on the rear of the house, and that stain, with using the primer first, has been down four years and is doing well.
If I use a stain stripper or a deck cleaner on an unfinished deck and then it rains a day or 2 before I get to staining....do I have to use a deck cleaner again before staining because of the rain?
We just paid to have our deck stained and used Semi-Transparent Cabot Oil Based stain in Cordovan Brown.
It was pressure washed and sanded before the stain was applied. The boards were well-seasoned. Deck is about 1 year old.
It rained approx 24 hours after stain was applied.
On the 3rd day after the stain and every day since, whenever our dog gets paw prints or any mud gets on the deck, it STAYS. It won't wash off with water or soap.
The only luck we've had is with a coarse bristle brush, scrubbing for several minutes, several times. But we cannot keep doing this. It's a nightmare.
Is there something we can put over the stain to give it a more protective finish? Do we need to re-stain it? Or is this common with darker decks?
@skallen No, you cannot top coat over a deck stain, it will peel. The only way to fix is to remove all and start over with a better brand of stain. You will need to strip and sand to remove it all. Brightener last.
@administrator Which brand do you suggest? Is Cabot not a good brand? Should we switch to semi-solid? We need something where the paw prints can wash off with a hose.
If you want a semi-solid, try the TWP Semi-solids: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/twp-semi-solid-pro-series-wood-and-deck-stain-review/
After planing old deck and adding new redwood, contractors applied TWP 1501 Cedartone to the wood and it looked beautiful. Three weeks later mold spores are growing all over, especially in the areas the sun hits...which is most of it. Questions: Why is this happening? Can I use "Restore-a-Deck" to remove the stain, or do I have to sand the stain off in order to get to the mold and kill it off.
Any help would be much appreciated.