How to Fix a Deck Stain You Don’t Like?  5/5 (2)

This post was updated on February 20, 2024

How to fix a deck stain you don’t like?

How to fix a deck stain you don’t like depends on the type of deck stain. Semi-transparent and semi-solid penetrating deck stains must be removed by stripping the deck, sanding the deck, or both. Failing to remove the disliked stain sufficiently prevents the new stain from penetrating into the wood properly. Solid deck stains do not have to be removed, instead you can just apply a new color over it.

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Scott Paul ~ Restoring Wood & Decks Since 1993 Owner
As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites. All the products he suggests through this site are sold through online sites and in retail stores, allowing the consumer to choose their own means of purchase. Scott’s eCommerce sites do sell many top brands he endorses and if you appreciate any of the help he has offered then feel free to purchase from one of them.
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Kyle Davis
Kyle Davis
1 month ago

Last years wife picked a grey stain, and learned to hate it over time. Should we sand? Strip? Before applying new stain? Looking for guidance for most efficient

10 months ago

I have a 10 x 12 redwood deck built last fall. Two weeks ago, before finding your product, I ended up at a big box store and was talked into using Olympic Waterguard Clear wood sealer. I wanted less color but a “wet wood” look. I was told this product would be what I wanted. Since it was water clean-up and no where on the product did it mention it was an Acrylic product, I gave it a try.
The result was a disaster. It doesn’t even look like I did anything to the deck other than the water beads up on it. I now realize it is an acrylic product. Will your RAD Stripper product strip off the sealant? My railings are black metal and so I am concerned about using paint
stripper products possibly damaging the rails.
I do have a pressure washer, Any suggestions? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

10 months ago

It rained last night. Thanks again.

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