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How to properly clean and prep a deck before applying a wood deck stain.

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    Jeff Smith · 01/31/2013
    I have about 3000 sq ft of wood deck. I painted them last summer with a solid shermwilliams best deck latex paint. (3500.00 worth)I need to know what you have to clean mud, dirt crude ect off. I used bleach. but I know ( it work great) it is hard on my decks and finish.
    thanks for your time
    Jeff
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    The Sealer Store · 12/10/2012
    Is there a previous coating that needs to be removed? Where are you located? What is the total sq. footage of the cedar siding?
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    Mr Matthews · 12/10/2012
    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Please could you advise me on the best product to clean and then preserve my ceder single bungalow I would like the finished colour to be a nice Tanned ceder colour. Could you include how much I will need of each product and the cost of these.
    Many Thanks
    Mr.Matthews
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    The Sealer Store · 11/25/2012
    A good wood deck brightener ([url]http://www.opwdecks.com/wooddeckbrighteners.htm[/url]) should remove the black rust spots.
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    Peter · 11/25/2012
    We cut metal around the deck and after the rain there was thousands of black rust spots on the deck. How can I remove these black spots ? I have tried sand ing but its not working. Please help............
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    The Sealer Store · 08/30/2012
    You can use the Citralic brightener
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    Lizb · 08/30/2012
    I am about to clean and brighten both my old redwood deck and new redwood deck. Is it OK to use Defy Deck Cleaner with Citralic Brightener or would it be better to use the Defy brightener?
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    The Sealer Store · 08/24/2012
    Possibly the brightener may have a reaction. Best to do a test spot first.
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    Lori · 08/24/2012
    I have powder-coated aluminum balusters in my redwood deck railing. Will Restore-a-Deck cleaner or brightener harm them? Thx much.
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    The Sealer Store · 08/06/2012
    I would suggest the Restore-A-Deck Cleaner and brightener kits.
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    AndrewCedarDeck · 08/06/2012
    I have a new cedar deck that is ready to be sealed. I'm planning on TWP 1500 in honeytone.

    I'm confused about which cleaner to use. The deck doesn't have any previous sealer, so I just need something that will help remove any mill glaze (doesn't seem to be any, water soaks in), any grime I've accumulated since it was built about 3 months ago, and some minor water staining from washing and rain.

    Thanks!
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    The Sealer Store · 08/03/2012
    Lori, I am sorry but I do not remember the original post. Most likely if it was a water based stain then I suggested the Defy Extreme. TWP 1500 should work as well. You can get samples to test out if needed.
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    Lori · 08/03/2012
    Hi - I wanted to refer back to the stain you mentioned I might try - it was a waterbased one for a redwood deck railing in San Francisco that had been treated one year ago with a water-based fire retardant product. Now I can't find your posted answer - where did it go? Also - I think I would like to use TWP1500 on both the untreated horizontal part of the deck as well as the fire-retardant (Flamestop II) treated railings. Is that generally a risky move? If so, would I be better off using the water-based stain you recommended for all the surfaces? Thank you very much for the help. Your site is terrific and helps the newbie a lot.
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    The Sealer Store · 08/03/2012
    No they will not.
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    Lori · 08/03/2012
    Will Restore-A-Deck cleaner and brightener harm red bricks?
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    The Sealer Store · 07/23/2012
    No need to sand new wood but if you want then you would sand first before the cleaning/brightening.
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    Roger Reeves 123 · 07/23/2012
    When does one sand a newly build deck in the whole cleaning , brightener, staining process? Previous mail got cut off.
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    Roger Reeves 123 · 07/23/2012
    I am almost finishing building a Pressure Treated pine deck. The moisture content of the boards is currently
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    The Sealer Store · 06/28/2012
    You need a deck stain stripper ([url]http://www.opwdecks.com/wooddeckstrippers.htm[/url]) to remove the black dirty Cabot. As for the stain, I would suggest the Armstrong Clark in the Mahogany color.
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    Ellen Whitford · 06/28/2012
    I had 2/3 of a Mahoghany porch installed last year and used a Cabot stain. It did not take properly and the wood is dirty and blackish, old looking and needs to be cleaned and re-sealed/restained. It was not washed after the sanding and the company advised us that it was not prepared properly. The humid weather left it tacky and it left marks on it several weeks afterwards, with a lacklusterr dull dirty scuffed up finish. This year, I just had the remaining 1/3 of the porch done with the same Mahoghany wood. [u][b]How do I clean the old wood?[/b] Can it be power washed or must it be done with a deck cleaner? We want to use a different company with UV protection for the entire porch floor.[/u] Thanks.