I am looking for feedback on three items. I am putting the first
stain on a 10 month old pine deck in Virginia. I am planning to
lightly power wash and then stain it.
I do not own a power washer but I am going to buy one. I will clean
siding and driveway with the power washer as well as deck. A long
hose and adjustable pressure would be key. Any recommendations on
I will be using a deck cleaner. I was thinking of using Behr No.63
Wood Cleaner and Brightener conditioner but I am not tied to this
product. Any suggestions?
I am looking for a stain that will last at least two years if not
more. I have a friend that swears by ABR X100. It seems ok but I
want the best. Anybody standing strong behind their choice of stain?
I just redid my deck using Cabot's driftwood gray #1444. I get 3 years
per application. This is a deck stain that allows the wood grain to show
through. The solid color stains which hide the grain are supposed to last
longer. Be careful with the deck cleaner. The cleaner I used caused a
chemical burn. Wear gloves and goggles. Follow directions.
Save your money on the power washer. (they aren't good for soft wood)
Use Jomax, bleach and water in a garden sprayer. You can also use a
long handled car wash brush on any bad spots. After 20 minutes rinse
Now you can use a deck brightener product if the deck looks too gray.
After several days of drying, stain it using a lightly pigmented
semi-transparent oil based stain. (Sikkens, Olympic, Benwood, Cabot)
Use a natural bristle brush and apply it thin and only work on cool
shady surfaces. Repeat in 2-3 years.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Eddy) wrote in message
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