We are in the process of applying a tinted deck preserver (Flood UVP) to
our old deck. Done this many times before, but this time around we've
got a new problem.
The deck is 30 years old, surface is pressure treated 2x4's. Gaps
between boards are nominally 3/16", but sometimes varies (wood doesn't
always grow straight or stay straight!).
The issue is that we need to 'stain' the SIDES of most of the boards.
They are close to natural-old-pine colored in most cases, except where
the walnut-colored stain has run down on them. Some gaps are larger;
1/4" or slightly more, and a few boards have warped very slightly,
exposing their side such that the sunlight catches it.
I made an attempt yesterday to touch up some of them with a
sponge-brush. Seemed to work, but was very slow and difficult, and
quickly tore up the brush I was using after three 12 ft boards. I've
got three decks totalling 1200 sq ft to do, so I'm hoping for a better
In retrospect, I should probably have done the sides before I did the
top surface, but I didn't know I was going to do the sides until I saw
how dark the top is turning out.
Any suggestions from the group?