Looking for a couple of tips please.
Finally finished paint stripping our back deck.
The timber is treated pine.
Too many nails were too hard and a lot of effort to try and get flush, to be able to use an industrial sander to remove the surface paint, previous owner decided to paint over the previous stain.
So after several weeks of using 20 litres of paint stripper, finally have removed all previous surfaces.
There are blemishes of previous stains etc left on the timber, looks pretty trendy actually; wife likes the current look.
The plan now is; this is where some tips will assist
1) Sand deck now with fine sandpaper; hoping to only have to sand once, fine sandpaper or medium is the better option?
2) Then the big question, the wife wants to stain the deck, then oil the deck.
3) Recommendations on just staining compared to stain and oil.
4) Don’t want to ever; have to do this again, that is paint stripping, sanding etc
Hoping that if we put a couple of coats of stain on deck, then annually only have to wash down and add another couple of coats of stain?
Please help, this is killing me:
Have been at this deck for about 6 weeks, still have to paint the second coat on hand rails etc
Attached phots of before and after
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Hi @Kevin65. Thanks for the update on your progress.
Sanding is used to either prep a deck because it is rough and damaged or to strip the stain off it. If you are happy with the look of it now and there are no splinters a fine sanding will smooth it ready for coating. If you want to ensure not having to sand a second time it would be wise to go with medium grit.
Staining separately will allow you more control over the final colour. You can keep adding coats of stain to deepen the colour, this might be advisable as at the moment there is a significant mottled pattern to the deck.
Generally, you should only need to sand again if you have lapsed in the oil coating and allowed the deck to become damaged.
If you have further questions or need assistance, please let me know.
Do you recommend oiling the deck after staining?
or just several coats of stain?
Just not sure if the oil is required?
You will need to apply an oil after the stain. The stain changes the colour (oil deepens the colour also) but the oil protects and seals the timber.
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