Deck Refinishing - Brand? how Dry?
We're in the process of refinishing our old cedar deck. ~4-5yrs ago it was treated with a bright orange stain - most of which has since peeled away. We're OK with the gray and are now stripping it with something biodegradable to remove the remaining orange. Questions:
1) Will the stripper remove mildew, ie. clean?
2) Will a Brightener make it a bright orange or red?
3) How dry does it need to be, ie how long after cleaning must we wait before staining/finishing?
The Seattle weather will be dry for the next few days and then can expect rain off and on - so I was wondering if we'd need to use a water-based stain in that it can be applied when the wood is not bone dry.
4) What type of finish is recommended for a previously treated cedar deck? We've looked at TMP and Panofin. We don't want shiny or bright. Prefer to leave it the gray it will age to but may go with dark to cover any remaining orange.