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#938847 - 05/16/18 05:52 AM Old Deck
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I have a old deck that I'm gonna pressure wash, well 2 of my friends said to "paint it" and then my cousin (contractor) said paint would eventually ROT the wood, he said to "stain it again"....What say you?
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#938849 - 05/16/18 06:03 AM Re: Old Deck [Re: bentnail200]
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Loc: The Indianhead's Left Nostril....
Stain it.

What kind of wood is it?



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#938851 - 05/16/18 06:28 AM Re: Old Deck [Re: bentnail200]
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ditto. Paint forms a layer on the wood that will shortly crack and fail. Stain actually penetrates the wood and forms a moisture resistant barrier. It wears away, not crack and chip. As for paint causing the wood to rot, never heard that.

But be careful with that power washer. Don't get too close to the wood or you can shred the surface, depending on the pressure.

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#938856 - 05/16/18 08:11 AM Re: Old Deck [Re: bentnail200]
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Is the deck pressure treated, cedar, other?

JMO... paint, stain, etc requires on going maintenance.
Pressure wash it or use a deck wash and leave it.

Cab can recommend a deck wash, I do not recall the name or brand at this moment.

Good luck...notnew...
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#938864 - 05/16/18 09:10 AM Re: Old Deck [Re: CabinConnection]
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Deck board is treated, I forgot, BUT, I think the railing is treated too!! Got TO MUCH money in it to LET IT ROT. Just want to RESTORE it the RIGHT WAY!!


Edited by bentnail200 (05/16/18 09:13 AM)
Edit Reason: mistake
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#938906 - 05/16/18 04:51 PM Re: Old Deck [Re: bentnail200]
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Is it rot or does it just look bad??? Big difference. Older PT lumber was good for 40 yrs, above ground, 20 yrs for ground contact.

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#938942 - 05/17/18 07:45 AM Re: Old Deck [Re: Just_Bill]
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Just looks bad, deck is 20+ years old, mine is above ground, just want to SAVE IT, THE RIGHT WAY, got to much MONEY in it!!
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#938945 - 05/17/18 09:30 AM Re: Old Deck [Re: bentnail200]
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Our deck is 18 years old and it is off the back door which means a much used access to house.

After many stains and such, we removed everything and used this stuff. It tends to expand and contract supposedly with the temps and such. We put it on 4 years back and it still looks great. Of course ours is a solid color which we wanted. Even added some crushed walnut shells in the paint to give added traction.

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#938950 - 05/17/18 10:49 AM Re: Old Deck [Re: bentnail200]
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Originally Posted By bentnail200
I have a old deck that I'm gonna pressure wash, well 2 of my friends said to "paint it" and then my cousin (contractor) said paint would eventually ROT the wood, he said to "stain it again"....What say you?


Don't paint it, don't stain it..........

I have seen several painted decks with 20 plus years on them. How many painted porches do you suppose there are? My daughter's deck is painted, about 15 years old now and no rot. She's getting ready to paint it again. It's not cracked or peeling. Place I re-habbed in N Georgia had a 25 year old painted porch in good condition.

I am NOT recommending paint over stain just passing on some personal experience. I would lean towards stain myself, BTW never paint your wood sided house.

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#938953 - 05/17/18 11:14 AM Re: Old Deck [Re: bentnail200]
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Loc: The Indianhead's Left Nostril....
Why I asked what kind of wood.

If cedar, don't put anything on the decking itself but stain the rail system.

I won't work on treated so I've got no comments there...

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