Just powerwash and stain? Or strip and stain?

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Old 05-21-16, 01:49 AM
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Just powerwash and stain? Or strip and stain?

Just bought this house and am about to stain the actual house, but need help for the porch portion...

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The wood is getting soft, what would your recommended steps be? I am kinda worried about staining, since I want to do the piece that also goes all the way up to the house, and I don't want to get any stain remover on the house.

Think powerwash, cleaner/brightener, stain combo will work? Or sand all of it...(UGH, lol). What would be your recommendation?
 
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Old 05-21-16, 04:38 AM
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I'd clean it with a bleach/water solution [40-50% bleach] Wet the wood and then spray on the bleach solution with a pump up garden spray, let it set but not dry and then rinse. I assume you aren't doing anything to the log siding ? The bleach/water won't hurt that stain any other than maybe clean it. How dirty it is will determine if you need to clean all the logs or just rinse them off. I rarely use a wood brightener as the bleach does the same thing.

Can you further explain about the wood getting soft? Stain will not make the wood hard again. If the wood has deteriorated enough to be soft it may need to be replaced.
 
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Thanks for the quick reply!

The log siding I am going to restain with TWP, before this project.

What I mean as soft is just like being able to scratch my fingernail on it and it being flaky/soft. For example: https://youtu.be/yuYLl_HAsco?t=115

So you think using the bleach/water combo, then staining it will work? I don't need to do anything else to get that old stain and water stains off ?

Thank you again for all your help!
 
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Generally you don't need to remove old weathered stain in order to recoat with a similar stain. After cleaning with the bleach solution you'll be in a better position to evaluate if more needs to be done.

I've never used TWP but understand it's similar to Flood's CWF which I have used a lot of. CWF should only be recoated over weathered CWF, otherwise the CWF needs to be removed first. Be sure to check the label on the TWP to see if there are any recoat restrictions.
 
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