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    Alan Miller · 07/27/2020
    We just had a new seawall and deck installed. Eastern Michigan coast of Lake Huron. Deck boards are 2 x 8 rough-sawn pressure treated oak. What do you recommend staining or sealing with? Not really interested in changing color of it.
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    Jeff · 07/25/2020
    I had stripped a semi-transparent stain that was used on a 4 month old PT deck because of light-dark variations in color. That was back in early March. Plan to use a Defy product in August after brightening. Can I mix the clear and cedar (50-50), or will this create a problem? Also, one coat or wet-on-wet (assuming the second coat does not pool)?

    Thanks,

    Jeff
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      The Sealer Store · 07/26/2020
      You can mix colors but you will reduce the UV protection for this if you do by half. Only one coat for new wood.
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    Richard · 07/19/2020
    just purchased 2x6 #1 treaded lumber for rap around porch. Boards will be installed tight. Should I stain the sides befor installing or wait for the 3-6 months and stain the top and sides. Just wondering if they will shrink enough to stain after install. Thanks
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    John · 07/12/2020
    Can you recommend a suitable deck for a north facing southern Ontario deck? The deck surface has old pressure treated planks that I have turned over to expose a less weathered face. Hoping to increase the effective life of an appropriate stain, all cracks and screw head depressions have been filled with an epoxy wood filler (P.C.Woody brand) followed by a thorough 60 grit sanding. Some brown end-cut preservative has been applied to plank edges and ends.
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      The Sealer Store · 07/12/2020
      Unfortunately, a wood filler does not work on decks and will not "stain" to blend when using a deck stain that is transparent or semi-transparent. It will look really bad with white wood filler marks all over the deck.
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        John · 07/13/2020
        Hmm. Now that I have made that mistake (the filler is light brown), is there a suitable stain that you can recommend and provide, semi-transparent or solid?
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          John · 07/13/2020
          Thanks for the prompt response. If I can live with the almond cream coloured filler showing through, maybe you stock a light coloured semitransparent stain that will otherwise penetrate well and reveal wood grain in the PT planks. This north facing Southern Ontario deck gets some morning sun and plenty of afternoon sun from the west.
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          The Sealer Store · 07/13/2020
          We only offer semi-transparent stains and they will not blend with the filler. A solid stain would mask it but we do not sell any on this site. Look for Restore A Deck Solid Stains.
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    Jerri Fitch · 07/06/2020
    Just had a dock put in our pond. Do I need to wait for the wood to season before I use a stain on it? Didn’t know if there was a stain you could use before the wood weathers. Thanks for your time in this matter!
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    Karl Dovick · 07/04/2020
    One other question - if I used pressure-treated wood instead, am I right to believe that I have to wait a lot longer before cleaning, brightening and staining?
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    Karl Dovick · 07/04/2020
    Hi,
    I live in Ontario, Canada (hot and cold) and am putting in a new cedar deck flooring. If I read all the comments and answers, is the best way to let the cedar weather out for at least 3 months, then clean it, brighten it, and then use a semi-transparent stain on it?

    Will it be ok for me to do this in October, and possibly even let some snow accumulate on it? (hopefully we don't get snow this early...)

    Thank you,
    Karl
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    Ruth Mycko · 06/29/2020
    Hi
    I am in Hot Humid SC
    i am in search of a really good stain
    that would work on extremely weathered
    and worn pressure treated decks
    The decks are 30 years old
    Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Thank You
    Ruth Mycko
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    carl soderlund · 06/22/2020
    That question should be mold, not mode
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    carl soderlund · 06/22/2020
    which is best for mode
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    Anita Walters · 06/17/2020
    Do stains help prevent splinters from happening? I want to sand and stain to help prevent splinters.
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    Dan · 06/16/2020
    Hi - I need to refinish a cedar deck. It is about four years old, and the original Sikkens ProLuxe Cetol SRD Semi-Transparent is mostly worn off. My plan is to use Defy Stripper and Defy Brightener before I stain. Am I on the right track?
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    Ash · 06/06/2020
    I live on a large river. I have a small deck over my revetment that I need to stain. I’m not that fond of the traditional stain colors and would like it to possibly be an area for my kids to color/play.

    Are there more rainbow assortments of stains? Pinks and purples? And once stained, is there a way to seal it so that kids can use chalks/markers/water color paints on it?
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    rebecca · 06/02/2020
    stripped old stain off a deck, pressure washed and lightly sanded boards. Deck is near pool and heavy traffic with adults, kids and dogs. Was thinking of using a timber oil? would that last longer than a deck stain? suggestions??
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    Marsha · 06/01/2020
    Our decks are pine deck boards. Stained with solid thompson stain. Hich is Peeling all over. We plan to rent a sander and sand down.
    Is this the correct step?
    How long do we wait to re stain?
    Do we need to add a cleaner b4 staining?
    What stain do u recommend?. Live in Illinois. Deck is in full sun. Winter cold and freezing.
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      The Sealer Store · 06/01/2020
      Clean and brighten after fully sanding it off. Try Armstrong Clark Stain.
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    JMR · 05/23/2020
    I built a new deck in the Finger Lakes area of NYS three years ago and stained it with TWP 1500 Cedartone. I am using the same brand and color. Do I need to clean and brighten prior to staining or should I use a stripper.
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    Martin · 05/21/2020
    10 months ago i built a 12 by 12 cedar deck with cedar rails. I now want to stain it. When it was first built and it would rain that is the look I want to get natural cedar. The deck now has a greyish look. I was going to purchase the messmers cleaner brightener and a stain that brings out the grain. Not sure exactly what stain to use??
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    Kerry · 05/19/2020
    Panama City, FL. New pressure treated pine boat dock following hurricane Michael. What stain would you recommend for our area?
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    DanK · 05/18/2020
    I live in southern ontario and have a 6 year old PT deck never stained, was light brown PT when new, now greyish. What stain do you recommend to restore to tan or cedar color?
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    Annie · 05/18/2020
    Hi my deck is about 5 years old. It has semi transparent stain on it and it is peeling off. What should I use to prep it and stain it. I want to use the best quality stain available for my area.I live in Montreal, Quebec.
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      The Sealer Store · 05/18/2020
      What stain brand is on the wood now? Pictures as well will be needed for prep advice.