My deck was painted three years ago. Weathering has peeled a lot off
except for the railing where most of the paint is yet adhering...
I have tried 3 different paint removers with lousy results. Pressure
washers did a good job of washing but the effort required to remove the
paint also removed the soft wood.
I'm wondering if staining over the remaining paint would give me
anything close to tolerable results or just look like some awful tiger
The current color is fog gray with old stain showing throgh...
That is why decks are usually stained, not painted. You can
touch up stained timber or recoat it overall much more easily
than you can prepare for thorough repainting (and old paint
cannot really be touched up at all.)
Probably the latter. You can experiment by replacing
one suitable deck board today, staining it, and leaving it
out in the sun and for a few months.
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