Stained or painted deck?

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Stained or painted deck?

Moved into a new house a year ago and have noticed some chipping on the deck starting last summertime. The pictures attached are at the current state. I am planning on staining it this spring.

Could anyone tell whether this is paint or stain chipping off? I want to use the correct stripper, before staining.

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It looks like paint to me.
 
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Paint is more likely to peel than stain so I would agree paint seems more likely.
 
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Looks like paint over treated lumber.
 
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IMO it's probably a latex semi transparent stain that was put on too thick on a hot sunny day. And maybe the treated wood wasnt dry enough to finish.
 
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IMO it's probably a latex semi transparent stain that was put on too thick on a hot sunny day. And maybe the treated wood wasnt dry enough to finish.
OMG I was going to say the exact same thing!!
 
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Old 03-28-19, 07:36 PM
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Power wash carefully, do not raise the grain, let dry thoroughly and apply stain. Yes, it's paint! I don't think even latex stain put on poorly would chip and peel that bad.
 
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I also think it looks like stain, with paint the chips would be thicker.
Scrubbing it with a TSP mix along with pressure washing will probably remove all the solid stain.
 
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The railing and balusters are all in solid shape...would power-washing easily remove the paint? Or should I use a chemical stripper?
 
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You never want to use a pressure washer to remove paint from wood. That is likely to chew up the wood necessitating sanding - more work. You can probably just clean them and stain over it. What type of stain do you plan to use?
 
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Ive been thinking about using DEFY Extreme Wood Stain
 
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Those stains are all toners [translucent] or semi-transparent if I'm not mistaken. Unless you intend to use the same color the railing would need to be stripped first. There are deck strippers that do pretty good on latex and waterborne stains. It's kind of like a weak paint stripper. They work well but you need to rinse/wash it off before it dries as it will allow the stain to harden back up.
 
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I think your wood is too far gone for anything but a solid body stain. Your deck, your call.
 
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I forgot about the pics While a lot depends on what it looks like once cleaned up I also doubt a toner or translucent stain would be a viable candidate. Semi-transparent might work. Once you get it cleaned up post another pic or two and we can advise further on what stains will work.
 
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I recently asked the previous home owner what he used on the deck. He used the Arborcoat Translucent Oil Finish in Teak. I called Benjamin Moore...they specified that it is technically a stain, with an oil finish. It's considered their most penetrating stain they offer.

They mentioned power washing in addition to using their "Remove Stripper" will help remove all the stain. I plan on sanding it down and then using their "Brightener".

Will post pictures when weather clears in Boston!
 
 

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