How can I salvage this 25 year old deck?
I have a roughly 25 year old deck (~600 sq ft) that the previous homeowners "restored" with Behr Deck Over before they put the house on the market. Within the first year we could see a lot of bubbling and chipping all over the deck and now after three years it's gotten bad enough that I'm finally attempting to fix it.
So far I've tried using a chemical stripper in a small location, but it was spotty at best, and left a lot of mess after scraping & pressure washing.
Next, I rented a floor sander (non-drum version) and that seemed to be a lot less messy, but not nearly as effective as I'd hoped. After several passes and a bunch of 20-30 grit sanding sheets, this is the result.
So my questions are:
Is it worth using one of the deck restore products with all of the splintering I have?
If it is worth doing, do I need to remove more of the stain that's already down?
Will the peeling stain between deck boards cause issues for any restore product I choose?
How can I save this deck?
Thank you for the help!
You will need to sand it all off to be able to use any other product. If you cannot, then you may need to replace the boards.