Re-Staining My Wood Deck

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Re-Staining My Wood Deck

I am in the process of re-staining my wood deck. I'm going to use the same color stain that is already on the deck. I've cleaned the deck with a deck wood cleaner to remove dirt and mildew. I'm in the process of letting the deck dry out well. My question:
It is not really required that I remove all the old stain is it ?
I'm using the same color stain.
I read a lot of posts that say you must remove all old stain with a pressure washer.
Before I proceed I want to be sure that I can go over the old stain.
Thanks for any help you provide.
 
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I think it may depend on the type of stain..transparent, semi-transparent, solid...
What does it say on the can about recoating?

The Pros will be around eventually...we can hope.
 
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What does it say on the label about recoating? What brand/type of stain is it?

Most oil base and latex stains can be recoated at any time provided the surface is clean.
Most waterborne deck coatings must be recoated within a certain time frame or not until the stain has either been removed by cleaning or worn off by weather. Generally if water won't bead up on the surface, it's ok to restain.
 
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I just went through this last week. I would not waste your time with stain remover chemicals. First of all they are toxic and nauseating; second they are not worth your time or money. I eventually gave up and ended up renting a large sander and got the job done in no time with great results. I am sure that you can find one at any local rental shop, buy one at home depot, or borrow one at BorrowPro.com.
My deck looks 10 time better. Good Luck!
 
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A deck stain remover isn't the same as a paint and varnish remover.
Decks aren't always easy to sand. If you sand, make sure all the nail/screw heads are countersunk or you will go broke buying sandpaper
 
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Re-Staining My Deck

Thanks for all the help.
I think I'm all set. Since I'm applying the same color stain I'll just be sure the deck is clean and go right over the old stain.
Thanks!
 
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It isn't just a matter of color or same type of stain. Some stains [usually waterborne] will repell a new coat of stain just like it does water = no good bond with the new coat of stain

That's why it's important with some stains to either use a deck stain stripper or be certain the current stain has weathered enough. On these types of stains/sealers - if it doesn't bead water, you're good to go. Again, not all stains are affected so be sure to read the label!
 
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RE-staining my wood deck

The stain I used was Benjaman Moore oil based stain. The old deck stain had been down about 3 years so it was weathered well. I put down one coat then another wet on wet. It looks great. I expect to do it again in about 3 years.
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I don't know if this is any help, but I bought some Thompsons this weekend to stain my deck, and they are giving 4 bucks back for every gallon purchased. http://www.thompsonswaterseal.com/ne...ck_days.cfm*It made the hard work more bareable.
 
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The problem with using thompson water seal is it has a short life = you will need to redo the cleaning and sealing sooner than if you had used a better coating.
 
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