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Scott Paul ~ Restoring Wood & Decks Since 1993
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That looks like rust, not mildew. It seems you got some metal into your wood somehow during your planing. You will need to strip it off and then brighten the wood. Use the RAD Prep products.


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  • 1. Raleigh
  • 2. Screen Porch with 18” pony wall, ez breeze windows and 3% uv solar shades
  • 3. Pressure treated installed in 2018
  • 4. Mold or Mildew Issues - none
  • 5. Main Issues with Previous Stains- never stained

Hi I have a 16x24 screen porch built more like a three season room but with pressure treated deck board floors with near zero gap between boards. What stain would you recommend for this? Is there a stain option that does not require power washing before (mopping instead???) There is a finished patio below the screen porch and am concerned the grade of the older concrete pad is not good enough for sufficient drainage of excess water from above. Thank you. 

 


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Try the Restore A Deck Stain and their Cleaner and Brightener kits for the prep.


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I need advise please. I completed the restore a deck system for our approximately 2 yr old deck. I used the cleaner, brightener, then semi transparent dark walnut stain on all top surfaces of our deck. I need help to decide what product to use on the fronts of the step areas. When our deck was rebuilt the contractor left a few old pieces of wood that curve with our sidewalk. Those old pieces had deck restore on them. I power washed and tried to scrape and sand those areas. There are still areas with the product leftover I can’t get off. What type of product can I use to now stain or cover these step areas?? I wanted to try a solid stain but I don’t think that would would either as it won’t penetrate where the deck restore still is. Also contemplated using some sort of paint but I just don’t want it peeling off and becoming a mess as well. Any recommendations? 


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Use a solid stain three. Tey RAD Solid stain in Espresso.


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Thanks for this thorough site!

I have eucalyptus retaining walls, and was wondering if the products/ procedure should be different. I have it in 2 places. Wood has turned almost white in the back. Pictures attached. (Redwood on top) Nothing done yet to the wood installed 7 months ago. I will be sanding so I know I need to wait.

second question:  I’ve had several people recommend sikkens cetol marine. I don’t see that in your product review and wonder if you could comment on it. 

location: San Francisco Bay Area, foggy mornings. But this area is in full sun.

 


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I used Behr Premium Plus Solis coverage with sealer. I waited 2 days between coats. I used 2 coats. It has been 4 days and the deck still feels sticky and leaves foot prints. How can I repair this mess?


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You will have to sand or grind it all off to fix it. No other way besides full removal.


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Posted by: @nap101

Thanks for this thorough site!

I have eucalyptus retaining walls, and was wondering if the products/ procedure should be different. I have it in 2 places. Wood has turned almost white in the back. Pictures attached. (Redwood on top) Nothing done yet to the wood installed 7 months ago. I will be sanding so I know I need to wait.

second question:  I’ve had several people recommend sikkens cetol marine. I don’t see that in your product review and wonder if you could comment on it. 

location: San Francisco Bay Area, foggy mornings. But this area is in full sun.

 

Treat the walls like new wood: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/how-long-should-you-wait-to-stain-a-new-deck/

Sikkens (PPG now) used to be great until they sold the company and changed the formulas. We never use it.


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Thanks. 2 followup questions:

1. If I sand how long do I need to wait before going through the process? What are the factors that determine that time period and is there a more precise way to know if it is ready other than a vague time frame? Like measuring something?

2. I have a lot of deck close to concrete pavers and brick. Will the Restore a deck system affect those other surfaces and if so how to I protect when I need to powerwash. Will these chemicals affect plants? or soil nearby? A lot of water on a flat surface. Thanks.


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1. You do not need to sand for prep. Clean and brighten.

2. It should not harm the bricks or concrete but best to ask them. Cover plants.


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I Pressure washed my fence and it turned pitch white.  I only did a section of it and stopped what do I do now?  I mean solid WHITE beyond fuzzys.


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Pictures.


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Thanks.  The planer they used didn't look "top of the line" and got a lot of work, so metal causing rust would make sense over a mildew issue.  I did use the RAD stipper and it worked great.  It removed the stain and mold quite easily. I withheld on using the whitener until I decide on re-staining or painting. 

It has been about 2 months since that I used the RAD stripper and cleaned up that mess and rain has begun. The deck has been exposed to the rain without any protection on it.  I had watched something you put out on YouTube about letting your new would weather for 3 months before applying the stain.  But after the rains I got nervous and found other videos that say I need at least apply some weather proofing to my untreated wood.  This brings me to my question.  Can you weather a deck that is untreated completely? Should I get some waterproofing on mine immediately?

Thanks,

LazyC


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No, just let it weather untreated is the correct way.


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