When to Stain new deck

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Old 10-11-03, 11:39 AM
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When to Stain new deck

My deck was complete in July.
I was told to wait untill I stain it.
Let it weather is what I was told.

What is the recommended stain to use.
I live in Tenn.
Check out my deck. Go down page to
deck. When you get go to bottom page and it will scroll up.

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Old 10-11-03, 04:07 PM
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David,
couldn't view the pics - it didn't scroll up.

Anyway, you have just about waited too long. There really isn't a waiting period after building a deck. You were told wrong.
3 mos is almost enough to start the greying process.
Clean it off good and apply a quality penetrating oil stain,. A few good ones are Cabots, Sikkens, Wolman F&P, SuperDeck, ReadySeal, and TWC. One with a tint and uv protection would be best.

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Old 10-13-03, 09:28 PM
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Fred,

How would you recommend cleaning an older, weathered deck before applying a stain? I've been told that power cleaning with a dilute "oxygen" bleach is the way to go, but I don't know what kind of power cleaner to use, or what brand of bleach is best.

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Old 10-14-03, 06:08 AM
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Irishguy,

Wolman and a couple others make an oxygenated (sodium percarbonate) bleach deck brightener. It's harmless to plants and does not bleach the color out of the wood like household bleach. Find it at quality paint stores or large hardware stores. It's usually not sold in HD/Lowes.
It is mixed with water and sprayed or mopped onto the deck, allow about 10 to 15 minutes dwell time. Best to do on an overcast day so it doesn't dry too fast. The deck can then be pressure washed as normal. In lieu of pw, it can be hand brush scrubbed.
Allow two or three days dry time before staining.

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