Paint/Staining 30 year old deck

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Old 06-22-15, 11:16 AM
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Paint/Staining 30 year old deck

I'm starting the process of re-doing my 30 year old deck. It is about 1800 sq feet of wood, with 20% covered by a roof. The rest of it is open to the elements, and since the house was abandoned for 5 years, it is in poor condition. It was at one point painted, but most of it is chipped away. some boards need to be replaced as well.

I'm wondering if I should paint it again, which will most certainly peel in the winter, or go with a semi-transparent or solid stain.

I'm assuming either way, I would have to strip the paint that is already on it?
 
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Old 06-22-15, 11:17 AM
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Remove all the loose paint you can, clean it and apply a solid body stain.

At least that's what I would do. Might be a little sandpaper in there as well after the cleaning but I'm not there to see it.
 
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You need to clean it up and repair as needed first anyway before you can state for sure which coatings will work best - I'm betting that a solid deck stain will be the best way to go.
 
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