I just stained my 2-year old cedar deck. Using a sanding attachment on
my electric drill, I sanded the top rail of the deck nice and smooth
before staining it a Sikkens Light Cedar stain. When the stain dried,
I see where parts of it remain shiny...on the knots and grained section
of the wood. Would it have been better to sand the top rail with a
coarser grit sandpaper to roughen it up a little to minimize the shiny
spots? Just wondering.
It was my experience when first staining my (then 2-yr-old) deck that sanding
was a complete waste of time and effort.
Using a new belt sander, I smoothed the top rails then stained. Within a year
(midwest weather), the grain had risen to the point where it "needed" sanding
again. Save your energy for the next time it needs staining. It won't be
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