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We live in Georgetown,Ontario about 30 miles west of Toronto.
We have a wood pressure treated deck that gets full sun from sun up till 3pm mid summer. It has been stained every year with Rez solid walnut stain, which is not really working as it has to be done every year. Scraping the ice and snow off it in the Winter really beats it up.
Your advice would be appreciated. Pictures attached.
Try one of these solid stains: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/what-are-the-best-solid-color-deck-stains/
This is the only comment section I could find on my iPhone. I was watching the stain options and recommendation videos. I am confused because I don’t see any way to distinguish semi transparent stains to be used on raw or poor wood versus wood that has already been stained and is in good shape . I previously bought the perfect semi transparent stain only to find that it was for raw wood, so I used it on a different project and it yellowed it and made it look less natural.
The semi transparent stains you recommend sound good but when I look at the images or the text it seems to be all about raw wood. Is there a different term if you just want to maintain your deck in good shape each year? And what do you recommend? I went to the Benjamin Moore store and for my situation they highly recommend a product for my mahogany deck that’s in good shape that nobody seems to like, so I need something different.
No deck stains should be applied over a different brand of stain. Meaning if you have an old stain on your wood now and switching brands, you have to remove down to the bare/raw wood. The only exceptions would be if using the same brand and color as prior or using a solid stain.