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Can I apply a dark semi-transparent stain over new light stain?

Posted by boulderite (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 12, 09 at 16:44

I spent the last week stripping, "cleaning and brightening", and sanding my old oil deck stain off my deck. I then applied the Behr water-based premium semi-transparent stain yesterday in a color that was supposed to be light brown but looks like toothpaste. No joke:


I need to darken it but do not want to go through all the trouble of stripping it all over again. And I can't apply anything to it for at least another week because we have rain and snow coming in tonight and through the weekend. So when I am able to get back to it next week, would I just be able to give it a light sanding and apply a darker coat of water-based semi-transparent stain? I know another coat is going to make it look more opaque which is the price I am willing to pay to avoid stripping it again. Or should I go with an opaque deck stain over the light colored semi-transparent?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've googled and googled and can't seem to find an answer to my problem.

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RE: Can I apply a dark semi-transparent stain over new light stai

I'm also wondering if I can use a different brand such as Sherwin Williams DECKSCAPES water-based semi-transparent over the Behr if I sand down the Behr a little. Or do I need to stick with a Behr product to fix this mess?

I live in Colorado, so the lighter and less opaque the better, but not *this* light.

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