I have several wood retaining walls in my backyard which have Cabot stain, the color is Sequoia. Now I'm staining my porch, and I'd like to make it a two-tone porch. Can I use two totally different colors, or does one of the colors need to be Sequoia?
That would depend on numerous things. What type of stain is the Cabot? Solid, semi-transparent, etc. Once that is determined then you have to determine the proper way to prep and what stain type you are going to use next.
The Cabot stain on the retaining walls is solid Cabot Sequoia. And I was going to use a solid Cabot stain on the vertical spindles on the porch, and a semi-solid Cabot on the horizontal porch deck boards. The deck boards have been sanded smooth, down to bare wood. I guess I was really wondering about the color palette. Can there be too many colors of stain in a backyard environment?
No issues with a two toned deck: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/why-have-a-two-toned-deck/
Do I need to use a wood brightener? The horizontal deck boards have been sanded smooth, and the vertical spindles have also been sanded. Do I need to use a wood brightener before applying the stain? Will any overspray damage my vinyl siding? What would happen if I didn't use a brightener?
A wood brightener will help the stain to soak in better after sanding. It does not harm vinyl.
@administrator I've had to repair some rot in this porch using a 2-part wood filler. Will this deck brightener affect those repairs in any way? I don't want to make those repairs again.
Wood brightener doe snot harm wood filler. FYI, your semi-solid stain will not blend to stain with your wood filler. The wood filler will show through.
Five years ago I stained custom deck building, starting with Behr Semi-Transparent stain on the flooring and stairs, but changed to Defy Extreme Semi-Transparent for the spindles and most of the railings. (The Behr was more like a heavy coating, which I didn't like, so I just finished the
horizontal surfaces with it, since I had already started. I should have backed out earlier, but that's water over the dam.) The Defy is a very nice penetrating stain. I've stripped about 1/3 of the Behr stained surfaces using Restore-A-Deck stripper also using the booster and gel additives. I'm preparing the stripper per instructions, waiting the prescribed amount of time to let it work, scrubbing with a deck brush, and then using my pressure washer rated at 1,600 PSI. It's taking 2-3 applications of stripper to get most of the stain off, VERY labor intensive with all the scrubbing, and still leaving some stubborn patches of stain remaining. I'll need to sand these before re-staining. About 2/3 of the Behr stained areas remains to be done.
QUESTION: For the rest of the flooring with the Behr stain, would you recommend sanding first (e.g. with a rented orbital deck sander) or continue with my current process, getting most of the stain off first with the chemical stripper and then sanding any remaining areas.
The Behr is a bear to get off! 🙂 Thanks!
Behr goes on more like a solid stain so it is very hard to strip. What you are doing is okay but you may want to incorporate the Diamabrush Wood Removal Tool. Seem to work very well to get off the stubborn spots.