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Prepping a Cedar Fence for Re-staining


blinfinity
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I have a very long 8 ft. high cedar fence that I have used Superdeck Transparent DB-1901 the last few years. I bought it from a local cedar shop (I live in Western Canada) expecting they would be knowledgable and it would be a good product. I'm not sure I've been entirely happy though. Each time I re-stained it (twice now) it got darker and darker. I expect that is because I didn't use a brightener. So this time I want to do that. 

Some of the panels where the sun and rain hits are completed faded and washed out. Others are about half faded but you can definitely still tell they are stained. And others, on the north side, have not faded at all.

My question is, given this is/was a transparent stain, do I need to just use the cleaner and brightener or do I need to use the stripper as well? I'm hoping to re-stain with Armstrong Semi-Transparent Cedar to try to get it back looking like cedar.

Appreciate any help before I start/order my products.


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Scott Paul ~ Restoring Wood & Decks Since 1993
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Stripper and brightener is the correct way to prep this.


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blinfinity
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Thanks. I've ordered the Restore-A-Deck Stripper and Brightener and will see how it goes.


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6stringlust
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Hi all,

Hope this is the right spot for my specific questions. If not, please direct me where I should post elsewhere within the forum.

My questions are not re a deck but rather a mailbox surround made from cedar 1"x4" slats. (See attached photos below) Should have done this a long time before but I need to refinish this wood and looking for the best way to proceed with this particular application. 

Basic info:

Originally built 2-1/2 years ago (not sealed or stained) with this being the first cleaning, seal and/or stain application. Should have done this a lot earlier but the wood is still structurally sound.

I would like to go with a natural weathered grey look but the wife wants a "cedar" look. 

SO, here are 3 questions: 

1) Do I need to clean and stain or will some sort of sealer work?

2) With the wood in its current shape, will it even take a semi-transparent cedar stain or would a weathered gray finish take better?

3) I've read through the deckstainhelp site and it looks like the cleaner-brightener along with the green label Restore-a-Deck material would be good. 

Your thoughts?

Many thanks and best regards...

 


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Scott Paul ~ Restoring Wood & Decks Since 1993
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You have an old stain so you need the Restore A Deck Stripper and then the Brightener. Once done, you can use the Restore a Deck Stain in any color that you like.


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