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Old 07-21-2016, 11:28 PM   #1
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Small job to replace some Balusters on a deck. Just with 2 x 2 treated lumber. Also using Flood solid color acrylic stain

Anyway had planned on using a oil based primer first. Figured it would improve adhesion.

My guy at paint store saids no. Not under a deck stain.
I could understand on a deck if all sides were not coated, to allow the moisture from underneath the wood escape.

But not rails and balusters were all is coated.

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Old 07-22-2016, 08:31 AM   #2
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Check what flood says, so you are covered under their warranties. But you can put oil primer under solid stain long as it is not being walked on.

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The problem with applying a primer to something you are going to stain is that you eliminate the absorption into the wood which is why you want to use a stain in the first place.

I've never used primer on any decks or deck components and have never had any adhesion problems that I am aware of.
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I sell a deck primer but everyone will complain if I bring it up because they can't get it where they are. But in all honesty if it isn't on the horizontal deck itself just a coat of the Flood deck stain should be fine if the prep is done correctly.
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