we have several decks on our house.
They need some love.
I want to put a translucent cabot's stain on them, but...
They are convered it a grayish "paint" that appears to be a latex.
Which sucks for a deck that gets beaten with Calif sun and winter rains
(no snow to speak of - 1 slush storm in the last 2 years that left 1/2"
for an hour).
With a garden hose washing off dirt, SOME Of the paint will come up.
Hence my desire to replace it. But short of using a scraper on my hands
and knees for days (4 decks around the house), what are my options?
I'm not sure of what the wood is. I might be redwood or something else.
I'm worried that a power wash would harm the wood.
That said, I chatted with a contractor who is an ex-painter who was
working on a driveway project. As we were waiting for an inspector
and having a coffee, he suggested that I might look at some of the
new plastics that have come out and just REPLACE the wood planks.
Very costly to do and I'd like to avoid it on most of these decks for now.
While I could re-do these with the same thing, they really should be
stripped first. I'd like transparent, but could live without it if I
need to cover a little bit of remaining color that would be there.