My deck looks awful. I stained it a little over a year ago and much of the
stain is gone already. From the looks of it, it was more of a thin paint
than a stain because it didn't soak into the wood.
I'm planning on sanding the whole thing down and restaining.
So... What brands should I look for? What to avoid?
Deck is cedar and I'm located in Calgary, AB, Canada.
BTW... Is there a trick to removing BBQ grease from a wooden deck?
I go to sherwin williams and have great luck there. Go to a real paint
store, in any case. the guys who work there know what's up. A lighter
color of penetrating stain will not last as long as a daker color so yu
will want to choose a darker color this time. the darkest stains come
very close to being a paint rather than stain. Tell the guys at the
paint store your problem and they will be able to advise further.
I have trouble differentiating latex stains from paint. I painted my
GF's deck with Cabot acrylic and my deck with Cabot Decking
Stain (oil) for an A-B comparison. Mine has done very well, no
peeling and I can get 2-3 yrs without recoat. Hers peels like
paint and has to be sanded, scraped and/or wire brushed every
year. For years, CR said Cabot oil was the best, don't know if
they still do. I personally would never use an acrylic deck stain
again, based on this experience.
No trick, just spray oven cleaner on in, let soak
for 10-15 minutes, then wash. If it is really
thick and deep into the wood, you might have to do
it 2 or 3 times. Same method is used to remove
years of dirt and old oil from military rifle
stocks. There is always some chance of warping,
but that shouldn't make much difference to your
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