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Staining My Deck

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Posted by: from Surrey
5/14/2012 at 2:23:20 PM

Last summer I built a large deck in my backyard using pressure treated wood. This spring I would like to stain the wood however I'm not sure if I'm required to sand the wood first before applying the stain or can i just use a pressure washer to remove the dirt, let it dry and apply the stain?

Because of the size of the deck there would be a lot of work involved to sand down the railings. I would prefer to avoid sanding but want the best results that will last the longest. What is the best approach to staining a deck for the first time?

Looking forward to some helpful suggestions...thanks!

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Dave from 360renos in Navan
Date/Time5/15/2012 at 7:00:16 AM

Morning Lucas,

Best option if you want it to last and look great -

Pressure wash the entire deck to remove the dirt

Let it dry for 2 days

Sand with 80 grit sandpaper.

Then apply 1 coat of stain with a brush

Cheers Dave

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Branko from 1001 Ideas Ltd in Calgary
Date/Time5/17/2012 at 1:52:33 AM

Hi Lucas

If the surface of your deck is nice and smooth, without chips, it is ok to just preshure wash, lett it dry for 2-3 days and stain.

Have funn

Branko

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