This group has been so helpful to me in the past, I am hopeful some of
you with knowledge and experience may again be able to come through for
I have a small 12x12 deck on the second story of my home, full stairway
leading up to it. 4 years ago, it was sealed with Thompsons Stain &
Seal. I bought the most natural-looking light color they offered, yet
the finish ended up much darker than I wanted. Years later, it's
starting to fade on the flat surfaces, but the rails are still fairly
dark due to less weathering. So, it's LONG overdue I do something
about the deck.
My first call was to a Pro deck sealing company. They quoted me $750
to powerwash and seal the deck, but told me that they could not go with
a lighter stain or seal due to its already dark color. I assume this
is because they do not want to have to risk damaging the wood with a
heavy cleaner or powerwash. So between the high price, and them not
being able to offer what I want, I have decided to take this on myself.
I have access to a powerwasher and my first goal is to get the deck as
light as possible again. Can anyone recommend me a good product to
use, in the powerwasher, to get this result? I'm of course trying not
to spend a FORTUNE, so the best bet for the money is what I am hoping
to find. The labor doesn't bother me as much. I'm also fine using a
stiff bristle brush if I have to, but assume the powerwasher would be
simpler, with better results. I realize this may roughen up the wood,
but have a small belt sander I can use to smooth the surfaces over
before the stain, should that occur.
Next, I want to apply a good natural stain and seal to the deck. I
have access to 50% off Olympic Maximum's line of stains. Can anyone
first tell me if they are a good quality product (for the money, around
$10 per gallon is what I would pay) and what a good color with a
lighter, more natural look, would be?
Then, do you recommend using a standard paint roller for the deck
surface and a brush for the rails, etc, or a brush for it all?
Even if you can only partially answer, any input would be GREATLY
appreciated. I'm not a pro at home improvement, but feel I can tackle
this myself, I just want to do it well and feel that proper materials
will be the key.
Thanks for taking the time to look at this post! Look forward to any