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Old 06-09-2010, 08:50 PM   #1
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Default Deck Prep - how long before another prep req?

I prepped a deck for a solid stain about 3 weeks ago and it has rained every day since - or at least every second day. The old finish was stripped (it was half done by HO last Oct and peeled like mad), applied a deck brightener/cleaner to it and railings; and sanded EVERYTHING twice. How long can it stay unprotected before it needs sanding again? The wood is PT.
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What did you sand it to?



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Decks and other horizontal surfaces should be coated within a week after washing, Siding should be coated within 30 days of cleaning. Just give the deck a quick rewash let dry and get it coated.
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as soon as it stops raining, just get that product on there.
get that job done.

but why solid stain on a deck? I don't understand
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If it is PT like he said nothing will really take well. Might as well use a Solid Stain.
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Ugh and to think the guys I've worked for will scrape the loose stuff, and roll on the superstain/flood solid products right over it.

I usually scrape and powersand every square foot of deck space and the end result is 1000% better.

It's nice to read stuff like this that helps restore my faith in fellow contractors
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HO insisted they want a solid stain and have already purchased it. I have told them I will do the preparation as best as possible so that the product has a some chance of lasting.

I sanded decks, railing and spindles by hand and with an orbital and palm sander with 100 and 120. It looks like a brand new deck! It a shame to hide the wood now. It is looking like this Friday will be the day we can hit it if my moisture meter tells me I can!

I think I will give a very quick scuff sand again and hit it.

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HO insisted they want a solid stain and have already purchased it. I have told them I will do the preparation as best as possible so that the product has a some chance of lasting.

I sanded decks, railing and spindles by hand and with an orbital and palm sander with 100 and 120. It looks like a brand new deck! It a shame to hide the wood now. It is looking like this Friday will be the day we can hit it if my moisture meter tells me I can!

I think I will give a very quick scuff sand again and hit it.

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It's great that you sanded the deck, that already puts you in the above average class of contractors. But next time you should sand with 60-80 grit sandpaper to give that solid color stain as much "tooth" as you can.
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It's great that you sanded the deck, that already puts you in the above average class of contractors. But next time you should sand with 60-80 grit sandpaper to give that solid color stain as much "tooth" as you can.
on most any ext surface, I usually won't go higher than 80 grit for sanding.
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Thanks for the advise - I am running out the door to finish this deck and I will hit the deck surface and top of railings with with 80 some grit!
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