Is there a forum on house painting?
Sorry if this is the wrong forum, but I can't find one on house painting. In my case deck painting.
I plan to put a solid "stain" on my cedar deck, it already has a solid stain on it, I gave up the clear finish after about ten years of having to constantly redo the job.
The person I spoke with at Home Depot on their Deck-plus solid color latex stain said the deck had to be real dry. For example if I power wash, I need to let it dry all the way through, i.e., not even wet on the underside, otherwise the mositure will try to evaporate up through the new stain and could bubble it. This is new to me, and I can't say how dry the deck was last time I did the solid stain coat a couple of years back. I always understood one advantage of latex is the wood doesn't have to be "perfectly" dry and the cured finish "breaths" which helps let any trapped moisture escape.