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    Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    So who has experience with deck stains and sealants? I'm in the middle of a deck revamp and want to change the stain. Any suggestions on products? Ones to go with and others to avoid? I like my stain to keep the woods characteristics but also to add a little color.

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    Yesterday I added 16' of steps. Previously there were only steps down to the driveway. So a little reorganization of the current steps and adding new ones gives you the current picture.

    Today I'll be stripping the old stain/paint and sanding to give it a fresh look. Not a big fan of the previous owners choice in red.
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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    I've had good luck with the Wolman products available from Menards. When I re-did my deck a few years ago, I put on the F&P (Finish and Preserve) transparent stain.

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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    Bump. And this 'stripping' process is taking forever!



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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    Oh man that is going to be one hell of a strip job there. Where abouts in Michigan are you? I know the perfect place for you to go if you are near Detroit.



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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    I have used Olympic Water Sealant and Toner on several decks now and I'm always impressed. It has a very low viscosity which makes it apply easily, even on rough surfaces. It has a water like consistency.

    Whatever you do, don't use Thompson's. Worst stuff on the market.


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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    Behr makes a great product. Guaranteed for 4 years in the shade, 2 years in direct sun. I did mine last summer. They have many different shades to choose from too. Available at Home Depot.



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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    Thanks guys.

    Cytech... I'm in Royal Oak which is about 10 miles north of downtown Detroit. What do you have for me???



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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by egunzy View Post
    Behr makes a great product. Guaranteed for 4 years in the shade, 2 years in direct sun. I did mine last summer. They have many different shades to choose from too. Available at Home Depot.
    Absolute worst advice ever never ever put behr on your deck



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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by jtd9046 View Post
    Thanks guys.

    Cytech... I'm in Royal Oak which is about 10 miles north of downtown Detroit. What do you have for me???
    Deck Stains Cleaners Sealers Staining Decks Wood Decking Sealing Concrete Paver Restoration

    You are lucky this is where I get my stuff to do decks commercially and it is located close to you. He will be able to help you find what you need to strip off that stain, and what to put on it.

    Any of his TWP line, timber oil, woodtux all very high quality stains.

    Or if you get tired of trying to do it yourself I personally know several contractors up there that will perform a high quality job for you.



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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    I am lazy, I just redid my deck with Trex decking, so I never have to mess with it again. Next I need to find someone to mow my lawn so I never have to do yardwork.


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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    Thanks... good site.

    UGH!

    Unless absolutely necessary (removal of solid stain and/or paint), never power sand a deck. This will close the pores of the wood and your new stain may not penetrate properly. If you must, try not to use a grit finer than 60 grit. You can lightly sand by hand or with de-felting pads on low speed orbital sanders to remove splinters and/or raised grain of wood.

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    For the majority of cases solid stains/paints cannot be completely stripped. If you want to completely remove the coating you will need to either power sand the wood decking or strip it an unknown amount of times. You cannot apply any of our coatings over solid stained or painted decks.



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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    I am lazy, I just redid my deck with Trex decking, so I never have to mess with it again. Next I need to find someone to mow my lawn so I never have to do yardwork.
    You still need to clean it yearly, because if you let those trex decks get bad they can be a real pita to get clean.

    JTD you need to use very strong strippers to remove that stain and it won't be done in one day. But once you get that nasty solid stain off your deck you will be so much better off



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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    JTD you need to use very strong strippers to remove that stain and it won't be done in one day. But once you get that nasty solid stain off your deck you will be so much better off
    After reading through their site I think I am going to power sand. They stated that their best strippers are only sold to contractors due to the way it must be used.

    I'll hit up the Home Depot to rent a power sander tomorrow. Luckily I work for 3M so I have plenty of abrasives to pick from.



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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    that is correct the strippers needed to strip off a solid stain can be very danferous if not used properly



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    Re: Deck stain/sealant suggestions

    Sikkens makes a product called Cetol, check out there website for a dealer near you Sikkens: Simply Beautiful Woodcare Products For Your Wood Home. This is by far the best product available on the market (IMHO). Most of the pros that I know wouldn't use anything else. The other product that is a good product (still far superior to behrs and olympic) is penofin. Those are the two suggestions I would give you. Good luck!!



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