Should I sand or strip finish and can I put semi-transparent on deck and solid on rails and benches?
We stained the deck a year ago a few weeks after it was built. The workers power washed the deck and used a water-based semi-transparent stain (I don't know the brand).
When we started to use the deck it seemed like the stain was easily marked or rubbed off and over time traffic and sliding chairs left white streaks (see photos).
One estimate suggested (1) sanding the entire deck - but only the top of bench and rails - to bare wood. (2) Apply wood cleaner and brightener. (3) Light pressure wash deck, rails and bench. (4) Apply two coats of semi-transparent stain to deck and top of rails and bench. (5) Apply one coat of stain to rest of rails and bench.
A: Since they do not propose sanding all of the rails and bench, can they just power wash and put a coat of new semi-transparent stain over the old stain on those bench and rail areas not sanded?
B: I understand that a solid stain can be painted over a semi-transparent stain without sanding so would you recommend a solid stain on the unhanded rails and bench and a semi-transparent stain on the sanded
deck, using the same color?
C: Pleased recommend the steps and materials you would use to prepare and restain the deck
Two-toned decks look great. This is how we would approach it.
1. Strip and pressure wash all wood.
2. Let dry and sand the horizontals areas as you mentioned. 60-80 grit.
3. Brighten all horizontals and rinse well.
4. Apply a solid stain to the verticals: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/the-5-best-deck-stain-reviews-and-ratings/
5. Use a penetrating semi-transparent for the horizontals: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/what-are-the-best-solid-color-deck-stains/
I would like to avoids stripping if possible because of the toxic chemicals. Can I sand and power wash the deck; and just power wash the verticals since they will be covered with a solid stain?
Also, FYI, the deck is in full sun here in Concord California and the summers get up to 100+.