Deck railings in need of work.


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Old 04-22-14, 08:21 AM
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Deck railings in need of work.

I have a large dark with railings stained with semi-transparent (can says 100% acrylic formula) stain. The color is Bordeaux, a deep redish/purple. We would like to redo the railings white, and are thinking a solid stain. What do I need to do for prep work? Also, I am not opposed to painting if it will save me hours of stripping. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Old 04-22-14, 09:13 AM
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Do you know what type of wood the railing is made of? Cedar and redwood have tannins that will bleed thru latex coatings [very noticeable with white, not so much with dark colors] What's the condition of the current stain?

If tannin bleed isn't an issue I'd probably apply 2 coats of solid latex stain. Wouldn't hurt to apply 2 coats to a test section to make sure it will cover ok.
 
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Old 04-22-14, 11:41 AM
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I am pretty sure the wood is pressure treated pine. I am probably going to replace all the top rails, anyway, because the original "installer" screwed through the top rails to connect the spindles...so now the rails are all splitting.

I will try your suggestion. I hope it works!! It would be sweet not to have to bother stripping!! Do you recommend any sanding or prep work before I apply the stain?
 
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Old 04-22-14, 01:57 PM
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It's always a good idea to clean the substrate as part of the prep process! While sanding doesn't hurt it probably isn't necessary. I generally only sand a deck if something is rough, I do normally give the top of the handrail a quick sand. There shouldn't be any tannin bleed with PT pine. If the rail is still stable you could probably get by with caulking the cracks.
 
 

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