Your once beautiful deck has started to look a bit shabby so you have decided to restore it. This is a worthy project but it's going to take some elbow grease. Maxson painting is here to give you some tips that will help restore that faded deck back to it's former glory.
In general there are three types of deck coating; transparent, semi-transparent, and solid. The rule of thumb regarding stain is that the more opaque the material the longer it will last. In other words, transparent stain, having very little pigment, will last the shortest amount of time. While solid stains, with the highest amount of pigment, will last the longest. I do not recommend using paint on your deck there is too much moisture intrusion from the sides and the bottom. Once the moisture starts getting in the paint will start popping off, and we don't want that do we?
Be sure to mask any surfaces such as spas or doorframes that you don't want damaged. I use red vinyl tape as it resists moisture better than any other product available. Once the masking has been completed you will want to get the deck wet and then apply a deck stripper or deck cleaner to the entire surface. Go back to where you started and apply a bit more deck stripper. Scrub it with a stiff brush and repeat this process over the entire surface of the deck. Once you are done you will need to wash the deck off, you can use a hose or power washer. Next you will want to apply a deck brightener to bring the deck back to a natural wood color. Apply this product according to label instructions and then rinse thoroughly. Once this has been accomplished you will want to let the deck dry out before you take the next step. Once the deck is dry, sand the entire deck with 80 or 100 grit sandpaper. This step is needed to remove the furring that has occurred from the restoration process. Be sure to remove all the dust after your sanding, you don't want the dust in your finish do you?
Now at long last you're ready to start applying the stain. There are a lot of good deck stains out there; Super Deck, Flood, and the top line products from Lowes or Home Depot. Each of these performs about the same. Good luck and here's to a great looking deck and a summer of fun on it!