Restain or sand?

Old 08-21-22, 02:36 PM
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Restain or sand?

I stained my deck in 2020. The vertical surfaces look great, but flat surface with foot traffic has not aged well. I have one can of stain left from 2020 (enough to cover the areas that are in bad shape). Is it okay to just stain on top of the old stain? My hope is to get one or two more summers out of the deck before I sand it and choose a better stain next time around. The stain that I used (pictured below) doesn't exist anymore anyways. Thanks

Old 08-21-22, 03:05 PM
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flat surface with foot traffic has not aged well
If the original stain failed, adding additional coats probably is not going to turn out any better.

Best option is to pull ahead the future refinish and get something better. I'd recommend Sikkens stains, hands down the best stain available.
Old 08-21-22, 03:39 PM
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Sikkens stains are now owned by and sold at PPG stores under the PPG ProLuxe name.
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Nothing wrong with cleaning the deck and then applying a fresh coat of stain. Cleaning will remove any loose stain. I rarely sand decking, too much effort for too little benefit. When the old stain needs to be removed I use a chemical stain stripper. It will soften the old stain where it can be rinsed off.

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