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nimguy

07:41PM | 08/01/03
Member Since: 06/04/03
18 lifetime posts
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I need to re-finish my deck which I have allowed to weather. I plan to use my belt sander with extra course paper.
1- How fine does the final sanding need to be?
2- If I leave it relatively rough (medium grit)on the last pass will that affect how long the stain will last?
3- Do I need to take it down to bare wood?
Thanks, in advance for the help.

Mustang

07:01AM | 08/03/03
Member Since: 01/22/02
101 lifetime posts
People don't ordinairly sand their decks. They just water blast then stain. Why do you want to sand? However, if your still inclined to do such a task, I wouldn't go over 100grit.

nimguy

12:44PM | 08/03/03
Member Since: 06/04/03
18 lifetime posts
Thanks

retisin

02:34PM | 08/04/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
Just use a pressure washer and if it hasn't been stained all ready you are at bare wood prolly just grayed a bit if you let it age.
The grayish looking will be blasted away with pressure washer.

nimguy

05:37PM | 08/04/03
Member Since: 06/04/03
18 lifetime posts
Excellent thanks. I wasn't looking forward to sanding. I didn't realize a pressure washer would get me to bare wood.

retisin

05:51AM | 08/17/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
Let me know how it worked

nimguy

10:12AM | 08/17/03
Member Since: 06/04/03
18 lifetime posts
It may be a while fore I get to it. Lots of stuff, little time. You know how it is. Thanks again. Oh I am going to use solid stain now anyway so it doesn't really matter if the wood is a little gray.

retisin

06:19PM | 08/28/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
make sure to use a solid decking stain not just any stain,it won't last as long.

nimguy

05:51PM | 09/30/03
Member Since: 06/04/03
18 lifetime posts
OK I pressure washed the deck and it is pretty clean. Now, there are little "hairs" of wood sticking up in many places. Should I do a little light sanding to remove these things and possible slivers? Should I dust with a rag moistened with paint thinner after sanding? Thanks

retisin

09:36AM | 10/04/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
Just use a piece of sandpaper in most cases it will work great,you might of gotten a little to aggresive with the pressure washer in those spots,but no harm done.
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