Older deck at cottage

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Old 07-26-16, 03:23 AM
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Older deck at cottage

I have some work to do on a older deck, replace some boards and then paint or stain. Which brings me to my questions. If I'm replacing a few boards do I have to wait for them to season before staining or painting them?
if so then how long?
On a older deck, about 9 years, pressure treated wood that has never been coated with anything what is better to use Tinted water seal, stain, or paint?


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Old 07-26-16, 03:46 AM
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Yes, the PT boards need to dry out before you apply any coating. Have you cleaned the existing wood yet?

Clear sealers like Thompson's WaterSeal have a very short life. I don't know how well TWS's tinted stains hold up. Sounds like you may have 2 choices of the type of stain to use; semi-transparent or solid stain. Make sure they are deck stains! There will be some color variation between the new and old boards with semi-transparent, a 'texture' difference will be noticeable if using a solid deck stain. But it will still look nicer than it does now

If you post a few pics we can give better advice pertaining to your deck.
 
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Old 07-26-16, 06:27 AM
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I shall try and post some pic when I can.
How long should new deck boards weather before staining them?
Do I have use end cut preservative if I'm going to stain them?
 
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The end cut preservative is a good idea although many [maybe most] don't bother and theirs seems to hold up fine.

A lot depends on how wet/dry the PT wood is when it's installed. It could be as little as 6 weeks or could take 5-6 months. The more sun/wind the deck gets the quicker it will dry out.
 
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