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1. Western Washington (lots of rain & high humidity)
2. Deck is west facing with no trees or structures shading the deck
3.12 year old Cedar deck on the lower and 16 year old upper deck which we are not sure of the material used
4. Mold and Mildew Issues
The upper and lower decks are both in very good condition. When we bought our house 10 years ago we sanded off the existing stain. To date we have applied semitransparent deck stain six times. We are now at a point where we are going to strip the deck due to peeling and uneven wear. We purchased Defy Hardwood Stain in Cedartone. Should we apply one or two coats? If two coats, how long should we wait between applying coats. Also, what temperature range would you recommend for applying the stain?
The Defy Hardwood is a good choice as it is not prone to mold and mildew growth.
If you apply two coats make sure to apply them wet on wet as the manufacturer suggests. This means you apply the second coat within 20-40 minutes of the first coat, before it completely dries. You do not want to over apply as stains will work better when the penetrate 100% into the wood.
The manufacturer says to apply the Defy between 45-90 degrees.
See here for product data from the manufacturer site: Defy Hardwood Stain
We built a covered outdoor kitchen last year 2013
pressure treated pine
100% shade no mildew or mold, we want to keep the natural look but be able to wipe up or mop up any spills,
sun only hits the edges, what product do you recommend? We live in South Carolina
No color change at all? Defy Extreme Clear or TWP 100 Clear.
The TWP 100 clear does not have any UV protection.
Hello. I have a 10 year old pressure treated pine deck and live in South Alabama on the Gulf Coast where there is a lot of heat & humidity, intense uv exposure, mold and mildew growth but not a lot of freezing and thawing. The deck has previously been stained with olympic maximum. Most of the stain is gone on the horizontal surfaces but most of it remains on the vertical after applying a cleaner. Some of the boards are cracked but not warped or in need of replacement. I am wanting to stain with a different brand. How do you recommend I prep and which stain & sealer do you recommend for this area? The house is red brick so I prefer not to have "orangy" overtones to the stain.
If you want to switch brands then you should strip off the Olympic all the way. Strip with a stain stripper and pressure washing. Brightener wood when done. Stain with TWP 100 Series or Defy Extreme.
New York State... PT Pine
Used RAD stripper sanded and then RAD brightener. Now ready to apply RAD semi transparent Light Walnut. The wood is currently dry following the brightener. Do i want to mist the wood first? Or apply the stain on the dry wood?
Damp or dry is fine.