advice on re-staining a deck

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Old 05-27-10, 02:42 PM
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advice on re-staining a deck

I bought a house with a very large deck that needs re-staining. The existing stain is flaking down to the bare wood...pretty unsightly. It's a solid color stain. I guess i have to remove all of it before re-staining...would I use a paint stripper?...would I sand?...should I just reface and save the headache>

Deck is approx 20' x 60'

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Old 05-29-10, 07:29 AM
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Try/test strippers first. Deck stripper or paint stripper.

very caustic - follow label warnings!!

sanding is an option.

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Most of the time, a good deck cleaner and a pressure washer will remove all the failing stain. I wouldn't bother with using any paint stripper - it shouldn't be needed.
 
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Old 05-29-10, 07:26 PM
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Generally, stains do not flake.
Some solid colors stains may flake, and it will be very similar to a painted surface.
My commercial p/w would have a problem removing a solid stain/paint.
But it is worth a try before any caustics would be needed.

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thanks to all...will try the pressure washer first!
 
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