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  • Deck Staining

    Deck Questions:

    Q: If a deck is already stained, does the stain I put on it have to be the same kind — in other words, is a water-based stain compatible with an oil-based formula?

    A: Normally there are a lot of reasons for re-staining a deck. It may be worn-out, discolored, peeling and flaking. Or, a customer might just want to freshen up what was on the deck previously.  Since some stains and sealers do not adhere well to others, it’s best to start by removing any old stain or sealer with a Deck Stain & Sealer Remover. This will remove stains and sealers that could prevent a new sealer or stain from adhering. The next step would be to neutralize the stain remover. When the deck is dry, sprinkle some water on it. If the water soaks in, you are good to go.  If it beads up, that indicates there is still a sealer present and you’ll need to do the process over again until the stain or sealer is completely removed. If not completely removed, your new stain, sealer or coating will likely not adhere. If the wood is badly damaged, the best solution is to use a solid color stain.

    Q: Can I just use bleach to clean a deck?

    A: We do not recommend bleach for cleaning decks, as it tends to be too harsh on the wood substrate and vegetation typically found around decks.   Sherwin-Williams carries a number of products including:  Deckscapes® Stain & Sealer Remover, Deckscapes® Deck Wash, and Deckscapes® Revive™.

    Q: How long should I wait before I use my deck after staining?

    A: If conditions are mild — the weather is dry and the temperatures are in the 70s — you could probably walk on it in a half day to overnight. I would wait at least a day or two before moving patio furniture back on the deck and returning it to active use.

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