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arrowdecking_tipsStep 1 - Prep the Wood 

Prepping Tip 1: Choose a  Wood and Deck Cleaner  if gray, dirty, reapplying the same stain, etc.

Prepping Tip 2: Choose a Stain Stripper if you have a failed stain that has peeled or worn unevenly. 

Prepping Tip 3: Choose a  Wood Brightener to neutralize the wood cleaner or stain stripper. 

Prepping Tip 4: You do not need both a deck cleaner and a stain stripper. Just choose one. If you are unsure what to use, we encourage you to ask here: Questions On Products

arrowStep 2 - Stain the Wood

Staining Tip 1: Choose a stain utilizing the parameters on left. This will narrow your choices.

Staining Tip 2: Choosing a stain with a "tint" will prolong the graying. The darker the color, the longer it will last.

Staining Tip 3: If you are unsure of what stain is best for you then ask here: Deck Staining Questions


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