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help-I have an overwhelming deck mess

Posted by loretta_2009 (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 9, 09 at 22:55

Our deck is 8 years old. We first power washed it and stained it with Cabot semi transparent oil based stain. After having to restain it twice, I was looking to not have to do it so often. It is over 1,000 ft. with two teirs, railings etc. So I pressure washed it again, used Cabot primer on the whole deck, and painted it with Cabot solid color acrylic last summer. It took two months and $1700 to have someone HELP ME paint it. Now it is peeling everywhere. The pieces that are flaking off are right down to the wood. I am not sure what to do. Do I rent one of those Vibrating-plate sanders I have read about in previous posts? Cabot suggested use wood cleaner, deck brush, sand with 80 grit, re-prime, and two more coats. I am afraid it will just do the same thing again. I don't want to do this again next year. Please help- I'd never paint it again (two-tone, beautiful but this is crazy) to do it over, but it's already painted.

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RE: help-I have an overwhelming deck mess

What kind of decking is it. J.

RE: help-I have an overwhelming deck mess

Pressure treated pine

RE: help-I have an overwhelming deck mess

Keep painting it. J.

RE: help-I have an overwhelming deck mess


Meaning what? Don't sand it down and use another product? Is there no hope? Is the pine really just that bad?


RE: help-I have an overwhelming deck mess

I would guess that the wood had too much moisture which caused the solid stain to lift. I would sand any loose old stain areas and use a blower to remove all dust etc. and then apply two coats of a solid color stain. I have had great success with the Behr solid color stain - holds up well and a great price. Good Luck!

RE: help-I have an overwhelming deck mess

Pt pine that has that maney paint like finishes on it is going to have to be painted again. It would be silly to strip it down to bare wood and start again.

Yes pt pine is that bad.

Dont shoot the Mesenger Loretta!!

Just pick one, even behr,it really dosent matter just pick one and keep using it. Sanding the flakes off is a good idea but I would not do anything else but wait for good weather. J.

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