Staining a pool shed?

Old 06-28-16, 05:40 PM
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Staining a pool shed?

Me and my familly have a small and incredibly ugly shed next to our pool that we use for storing pool chemicals, lawn equipment, etc. However useful, it is painful to look at. I want to stain it this summer but I only have the slightest clue of how to do so. some websites tell me that I should pressure wash it, some websites tell me that I should sand it. The wood has been previously stained and it is coming off. Should I remove the old stain before applying new stain? If so, how would I do that? Also, how do I apply the stain? Roller? Brush?

If needed, I can post pictures of the shed. Any response would be helpful. Thanks!
Old 06-28-16, 07:43 PM
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Post pictures and give us some idea what kind of stain is currently on there. There are at least 4 or 5 kinds of "stain", so we are really kind of left guessing. Generally you want to use the same kind of stain that was on there previously. Or you could use a solid stain over a semi-transparent stain... but it's kind of hard to do it the other way around... because in that case, it may look bad unless you can completely strip off the old stain before applying the new.

A good power washing is usually a good way to prep. Then you need to allow sufficient time (1-2 weeks) for the wood to dry out before you apply the new finish.
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pics would be helpful -

I very seldom sand any type of exterior siding, generally washing/rinsing along with scraping is enough. A pressure washer makes the job easier but a water hose works well for rinsing whatever cleaning agent was used. A bleach/water solution works well if there is mildew, TSP can be useful for other types of grime and might help remove failing stain.

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