Pressure treated decking when new has a tendency to have very annoying ink stamps on the wood when processed at the mill. Lumber is stamped at the mill according to its grade. An American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) grade mark and an American Wood-Preservers’ Association (AWPA) tag certify the lumber’s quality. These stamps are very troublesome for owners to remove prior to applying a decking stain that is either transparent or semi-transparent as the ink will show through the stain.
We have found this to be the most effective way of Decking Ink Stamp Removal:
Sand First then let Wood Weather Naturally
Since most decking stain manufacturers want you to let new wood season and weather before staining it is advisable to do these steps:
- Right after install of new wood you should lightly sand all stamps off with 80 grit paper. Take care to sand with the grain of the wood.
- Let wood weather for 1-4 months or as suggested by stain manufacture.
- Clean and Brighten all decking after the weathering for the stain prep and even out the appearance
- Apply stain. Please read this about New Decking stain
The reason for sanding first then weathering is to make sure the stain will apply evenly. If you were to sand the ink sports right before staining then there will be a very strong chance that the stain will take lighter in the sanded areas, resulting in a very uneven appearance of the deck stain.
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