This post was updated on January 18, 2023
Can you Apply Deck Stain over Paint
The simple answer is no, you can never apply any type of deck stain over a painted surface. You will have immediate failure if you do. If your deck is painted, then you would have to fully remove your paint off your deck by power sanding. Deck Sanding Tips.
Once you fully remove the paint off your deck, you can then use any type of deck stain that you like. We always prefer the penetrating semi-transparent deck stains for appearance and ease of reapplication as needed.
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