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Old 10-12-17, 06:20 AM
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hello everyone Im Margaret and new to this forum. we built a new deck over the summer and thinking about painting/ staining or just sealing? What would be the best way to go about it? and what are the best products out there to buy?
 
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Old 10-12-17, 06:39 AM
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Welcome to the forums Margaret!

First, what type of wood was used? Pressure treated wood needs to dry out from the PT process before you can get a good stain job. This can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months, dependent on how wet it was when installed and the climate it's subjected to.

Next how you want the deck to look plays a part in what stain you should use. Clear sealers like Thompson's WaterSeal have a short life! typically 6-12 months. Toners or translucent stains do better but not as good as semi-transparent. Generally you'll find better coatings and advice at your local paint store - not a big box paint dept. Be sure to use a deck stain, sidings stains don't always do well on decks.
 
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Old 10-19-17, 05:59 AM
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Thank you for your reply. I found it very helpful... lots to consider.
 
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