04:45AM | 09/16/06
Member Since: 09/15/06
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My wood deck has not been treated for many years. I cannot figure out what kind of wood it is. I thought it should have some sort of protection. So I started to paint it with white indoor/outdoor paint. I stopped after painting one railing because I know I should be applying stain instead of paint. Question 1: How do I find out what kind of wood my deck is made of .. Question 2: Can stain be applied with a brush just like paint Question 3: Can I apply the stain on top of the paint on the railing Question 4: Is there a paint product that I can use instead of stain


11:59AM | 09/24/06
Member Since: 06/19/04
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I cannot help you on what type of wood is on your deck. If you have a scrap of your deck board bring it to a lumberyard. There they can tell you what type of wood it is.

If you the wood is pressure treated wood then you can use any type of stain. You are correct about using paint on your deck. It can cause problems down the road. You can use a brush, roller, or sprayer to lay down the stain. Check with you paint store for the approached brush or roller for oil stains. The railing you have painted I suggest you leave it until it starts to peal. Just buy a stain the best matches the paint on your railing. If not you must remove the paint with a paint stripper and that can be labor intensive. Never use paint on a deck because it will peal and flake if the deck is not dry at the time of application. Once it starts flaking, you are in trouble as that comes from moisture.

For more info on staining goto there you will find links and articles on this subject.

879 never paint a deck
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