I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and I have a couple of questions.
I figure it is very overdue that I finish the surface of the 12' X 16'
ground level free standing wood deck, beside the house.. It is constructed
of 5/6 treated decking (green coloured), and treated 2 X 6 exterior framing.
I built it in late July of 2001, hence it is truly overdue (it has lost some
of it's green color since then, but still looks ok).
question #1: Should I use some type of deck wash or cleaner to prepare it
for finishing? Would TSP be enough? Any suggestion of brands I could use?
question #2: I'm not sure if I should:
a) just put on a water repellent treatment ("Thompson's Water Seal",
etc.. suggestions?) or;
b) treat it with a transparent, semi-transparent or solid color stain?
I like the look of wood grain, which might rule out the solid stain
Any comments / advice /
tips / suggestions /
websites you could give would