Using stripper on partially repaired deck

mwhitisMarch 21, 2009

Due to a botch repair job by a relative last year, I'm about to replace a contiguous 1/4 of my deck with new boards.

I'm just trying to decide the correct order of repairing/stripping/brightening to consolidate as much effort as possible.

I plan to strip and brighten the old wood. And clean and brighten the new wood.

If I repair first, will overspray from the stripper hurt the new wood or will cleaner from the new wood hurt the stripped wood?

If I strip first, does the brightener really need to be applied immediately as per the instructions, or can it wait until after I've repaired and cleaned the new wood so that

I can hit the whole deck at once?



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Old thread resurrection...but wanted to share my experience. Have a fir deck, about 20 years old with old weathered Fenoseal oil finish. I replaced a number of boards and tried to lighten with Behr 2 in 1. It was somewhat effective, then powerwashed. My new wood was still much lighter. I had a grease stain which I cleaned with TSP, and saw that much gunk was coming off the boards leading me to suspect finish remained on the old boards. So I bit the bullet and bought Behr stripper-no local stores were open for any other brands. It removed tons of dark brown sludge but left all the wood dark with scubbing with a deck brush. Powerwashed it off too. I then went back over with some lightener by Cabot. All the wood is clean and bright. Granted the new wood has less texture but the color is close.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 2:28PM
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