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Old 05-26-2016, 07:53 PM   #1
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I have a client that wants to power wash his stained wood gazebo to prep for paint on trims and stain on walls. The power washing is tomorrow and he wants the paint and stain done Monday. I am really concerned about the dry time for this; about 48 hours. (A detergent with bleach will be used for mildew) What do you all think, will it be OK to finish so soon after washing.
The old stain appears reasonably sound but there will be fresh wood repairs on some sills.
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Let the moisture meter tell you if it's ok. Tell the client the ideal moisture content. If too high, tell them you can't guarantee the work if they still insist it be done.


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Yeah, you can't really judge how dry a substrate will be after washing by time elapsed alone. You can make generalizations, but there are so many variables it's just a guess.

A lot of times, 48 hrs is plenty of time for wood to dry but there's no reason to guess. $30 or so for a serviceable moisture meter can settle the question for sure.

Some stains tolerate more moisture than others. IIRC, Woodscapes water borne can be applied at up to %22 moisture (or there abouts). With most stains your looking for less than %18. Should be listed on the data sheet for whatever stain your using.


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Wait a minute Monday's a holiday
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Wait a minute Monday's a holiday


Yeah, that's right. Not too hard to forget that in the hustle of spring rush.
Charge um double time holiday rate, and buy a new moisture meter


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What's a holiday?
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It's not a holiday in Canada.I'm working mon., who cares.I am fortunate to live in a low humidity area so dry times after wash is not as big a problem as other areas. I pressure washed a house yesterday and you should have seen it soak up the stain today.
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Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Lest We Forget
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i was wondering how beer and hotdog day came about...
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You mean Friday?
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What's a holiday?
Well, you have British Columbia Day (Civic Holiday)....
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I love paid holidays!
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I love paid holidays!
I've never ever had one of those. And probably never will. Yet, if I did eventually experience one, I'm quite confident in saying that I would love it.
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