While building our new home ourselves, it looks like we made an error
in selecting deck stain. In spite of good success with Olympic
several years earlier, we let ourselves be convinced that Sherwin
Williams semi-transparent was a great stain.
We built the deck two years ago this coming June. after construction
we let it set through about three months of hot Kansas summer to dry
it out. Then I gave it a light pressure wash, let it set for a few
days and applied two coats of the Sherwin Williams product.
Mistake. After barely 15 months the traffic areas started showing
wear. Now, after about 20 months the finish is starting to crack and
come off of rails and other areas not subject to wear. Obviously I
have a pretty good job ahead with removing and/or repairing the first
job. Does anyone have suggestions regarding getting the original
finish to re-stainable surface or am I looking at a strip and start