Porch Sufficiently Prepped for Stain?


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Old 04-07-14, 10:08 AM
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Porch Sufficiently Prepped for Stain?

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First time homeowner here. I purchased a home that required the wrap around porch to be stripped and stained. I used deck stripper, power washer, sander, then wood brightener to attain the results in pictures. It looks like the wood that was more protected is still retaining some of the old stain.

I am planning to apply Behr Semi-transparent Cedar Naturaltone stain.

1. Is the deck prepped enough for this or does it need more work? What should I do if it needs more?

2. The temps later this week have highs in the 60's and lows ranging from 40-50. Is it too cold to stain it now?

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Old 04-07-14, 02:33 PM
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I don't use Behr coatings so I'm not too familiar with them. How does the stain you intend to use compare to what was on the deck? You could try a test on a piece or two and see how it does. I would try to sand it better in front of the door [or any high traffic area]
 
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Old 04-14-14, 09:52 AM
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I plan to use a semi-transparant stain that is of a similar color.

I am considering using a belt sander with 50 grit (used 100) before) followed up with 80 or 100 to aggressively remove the outstanding areas. I was more concerned with the vertical 2x10s that still have a reddish tinge near the stairs. They are a rougher wood and was concerned that even with sanding, the deeper ruts might retain the stain.


Should I re-strip the deck chemically or should sanding be a better option? I applied the first round of stripper using a fertilizer spray bottle. Would another technique be more effective for vertical surfaces?
 
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Old 04-14-14, 11:22 AM
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I normally apply the cleaner [or deck stripper] with a pump up garden sprayer. You generally need to apply it liberally and give it time to work before rinsing. Does water still bead up over the areas that still have old stain?

I rarely do any sanding on decks, if you do sand, be aware that nail/screw heads will tear up the sandpaper pretty much on contact if using a power sander. I'd be tempted to apply a test coat over some of the remaining stain and see how it does.
 
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Old 04-15-14, 10:18 AM
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VERY nice deck, don't screw it up.

Mark, what is that stuff that turns it kind of a gold color? Maybe three letters something? I know that doesn't last all that long but I think it would look great.

Myself, I'd wait a while with this goofy weather we have. Again, you don't want to mess it up.
 
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Old 04-15-14, 01:20 PM
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Are you referring to CWF by Flood? I love the look of it but it doesn't hold up to the elements as good as I think it should.
 
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Yes, that's it. I know it doesn't hold up too well but it sure looks nice.
 
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Old 04-16-14, 06:56 AM
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I used Behr semi-transparent last year on my deck and this year it's "spotty". The stain has held in some places, and wore off in others giving my deck a dalmatian look. I would highly advise against it, though this is only my experience and others have had success.

I used Sikken's SRD Dark Oak on my front porch last year and that stuff looks amazing and has held up perfectly. Plus, you get to keep the purist look of wood grain. Maybe give it a look if you aren't totally sold on Behr.
 
 

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