05:00PM | 04/20/07
Member Since: 04/19/07
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hi i was wondering what tipe of sandpaper grit to use when sanding my deck and also any recomendations on a good deck stain,i used behr lkast summer and its already pealing ,fadeing so im going to pressure wash and sand the whole deck . thanks


07:38PM | 04/22/07
Member Since: 12/27/02
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What kind of decking? For example... Redwood, cedar, composite, southern yellow pine, hemlock, fir, mahogany, ipe, treated or untreated?

Be careful power washing and that you get the right nozel, but 1 year seems a bit quick? You may have put the stain on when the moisture content was too high.. I'll refer you to the painting BBS on that:

I have a bit on redwood decking on my deck site.. but really it depends on your specific decking type.

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02:45PM | 04/23/07
Member Since: 04/19/07
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my deck is pressure treated


04:28PM | 04/23/07
Member Since: 12/27/02
545 lifetime posts
So it is either Southern Yellow Pine , fir or Hem most likely.

Those are fairly hard species so I would use a belt sander (follow the grain) with 60 grit after the pressure wash and it's dried out.

Then go back with 80 random orbital.

Be sure to wear a respirator that won't allow any of that dust to get through. It's either got arsenic in it or high content of copper.

Here are some safety points:

* Wear a dust mask and goggles when cutting or handling treated or untreated wood.

* Wear gloves when working with treated or untreated wood.

* After working with wood, wash exposed areas thoroughly.

* Do not burn pressure-treated wood.

* Wash work clothes separately from other household clothing before reuse.

* Pressure-treated wood should not be used where it may come into direct or indirect contact with drinking water, except for uses involving incidental contact such as fresh water docks and bridges.

* Do not use pressure-treated wood in circumstances where the preservative may become a component of food, animal feed, or beehives.

* Do not use pressure-treated wood for mulch.

* ACQ treated wood scraps and cut offs should be disposed of in a non-hazardous material lined landfill in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.

..from here:

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06:31PM | 04/23/07
Member Since: 04/19/07
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the weather is finally getting better here (ontario,canada)so im going eager to get started,thanks


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