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Rose T.
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Hi all,

I'm a new homeowner in Oakland, CA. My deck gets lots of sun and some rain.

I hired someone to replace some boards (turned into perhaps 1/3 replacement - I might have gone "overboard" (ha), but c'est la vie), and am trying to figure out what to do next.

I want to remove the red paint on the floor (and perhaps the railings, if it isn't too much work, that is, does each ballister need to be sanded?). The redwood is now a mix of old (10+ years?) and new con common.

So how do I go about the list below? Also, what brands do you recommend (ideally, low VOCs/biodegradable as there are cats and plants nearby).

1) Stripping/removing paint (at least on the floor)
3) Sanding (use 60 or 80 grit?)
3) Cleaning & brightening
4) Staining (with a combo of old/new wood). I bought some Ultra Premium Penofin in Transparent Redwood - I'm not sure if that's the best choice.
5) Do I need a sealer?

Is it ok if the bare wood sits in some rain while I figure this out (I think that cures it, though).

Thanks,
Rose

I may need to call in a professional - I'm not sure.

Thanks,
Rose


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Rose T.
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Here are some photos.

Also, how do you discern how much weight a deck can support (mine is 10 feet up on a hill)? How to discern when the pressure wood "legs" that support the whole thing need replacement? Do I need a deck professional to figure this out?

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Scott Paul ~ Restoring Wood & Decks Since 1993
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You will have to power sand off the red paint if you want to remove it. Do this first to remove 100%. Once done, treat all wood like new wood. See here for tips and next steps: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/staining-a-new-deck/

Return the Penofin. It has issues with turning black on people.

As for weight support, you would have to ask a licensed contractor for the building codes in your area.


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Rose T.
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Thanks!

We already added copper green between most of the new boards to stop rot. Should it be left there while the wood weathers for 3-12 months?

Should Copper green be periodically applied between all new and old boards? If so, how often?

Also, does the grade of redwood have much to do with the longevity of the boards or is it primarily a cosmetic choice?


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Rose T.
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Could you tell me why it is necessary to power wash painted boards before sanding? And if power washing is advised, is there a precise PW setting or just "low"?


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You do not need to pressure wash prior to sanding. Copper Green is not needed and will probably not help as well.


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Rose T.
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Thanks for the info! More questions...

1) Ok if I leave the Copper Green on the boards while they weather? Will cleaning and brightening remove it?

2) If old boards are sanded, will they weather at the same rate as the new ones (so that the stain will match between the old and new boards)? If not, any remedy besides replacing boards?

3) If 80 grit removes the paint, do I still need to finish with 60 grit?

4) Can either a belt, palm, or drum sander be used to remove the paint?

5) Would it be helpful to start with a paint stripper (which?) before sanding?

6) My deck gets 80-90% full sun throughout the day. Maybe 30 days of rain/year. Which stain is best for that? Is it safe for plants and animals?

7) If you recommend Restore-A-Deck as the brightener and cleaner, is it safe for plants and animals?

8) Do boards only need to be replaced if they're rotted through or soft/squishy?

9) How do I know if the boards are seasoned enough for staining?

Thanks again - I would be happy to pay for this info.


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And one more:

Does the grade of redwood have much to do with the longevity of the boards or is it primarily a cosmetic choice?


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And one more:

Does the grade of redwood have much to do with the longevity of the boards or is it primarily a cosmetic choice?

Just comsmetic.


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After the wood has been sanded (to remove the paint), is it ok if it gets rained on during the 1-3 month seasoning time? Or does rain mean I need to sand it again (I read this on another site).

What stain to use if there's a combo of new and old (sanded) wood?


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Rain will not harm anything. Try a semi-solid color so the wood blends better. Armstrong Clark.


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To prevent rot and termite damage, would you recommend that I put any type of sealer on the end of the deck boards or the unseen part where the ballasters meet the railing? If so, what brand?


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No need.


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Thing is, we pulled up some railings off the ballasters and found termite damage. There was also some termite damage at the posts. Is there any way to prevent that in a redwood deck or is that just life?

Also, what would you use to make the ballasters and railings more stable - is there a Simson fastener you recommend or have another approach?


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Sealing will not prevent termite damage and redwood is naturally resistant to termites. You could always have it sprayed by a pest control company. We do not know of a way to make railings more stable outside of rebuilding them.

 

 


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