Deck Rehab - At Crossroads (Pics Attached)

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Old 08-08-19, 08:40 AM
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Deck Rehab - At Crossroads (Pics Attached)

Hi All - Received some great advice here previously so hoping someone can steer me in the right direction. 5-10 year plan is to replace deck w/ Trex, but what to do meanwhile is the question ... looking for value vs quick fix.

Based on the photos / comments below and my searches it seems I have four options. Am I overlooking an option? Any feedback about the options I've presented? Thank you in advance!
  1. Power-wash deck and seal/stain it (seems this will look poor given some paint will remain)
  2. Power-was deck and seal/paint (seems like most logical option)
  3. Replace the deck
  4. Do nothing

Deck Facts
  • Deck / lattice was DIY by original owners ~20 years ago.
  • Deck was last painted by original owners ~6 years ago.
  • Deck was power-washed spring of this year.
  • There are some deck boards in need of replacement due to rot.
  • Deck is not level and handrails not straight.
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If budget is a concern, I'd replace the bad boards and apply a coat or two of solid deck stain.
 
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Originally Posted by marksr
If budget is a concern, I'd replace the bad boards and apply a coat or two of solid deck stain.
Would you wash with TSP and then power-wash before staining? If so, my guess is the order would be:

  1. TSP
  2. Power-wash
  3. Once dry, quick sanding of deck/handrails w/ 100 grit
  4. Wait 3 days for deck to fully dry
  5. Apply two coats of Cabot Solid Color Oil Decking Stain

Anything missing? Is there any step I can 'skip'?
 
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I'd probably add some bleach to the TSP but that sounds like a plan. I normally don't sand decks [other than handrail] but a lot depends on it's condition. The stain will adhere a little better if the wood is rough.
 
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