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How do you refinish your deck

Was supposed to call and pay someone to do it when the weather got warm. But I procrastinated. And boom, next thing I know kid's party is in a couple weeks and I can't get it scheduled fast enough so it's up to me.

First couple times I did it I rinsed, used stripper, then cleaner/brightener, then rinsed again. After a day or two, a couple layers of stain. Last time I added in a quick sanding the day of staining, then removing the dust with a wet/dry vac and leaf blower. The stripper instructions make it sound like the stuff just melts away but it never does for me. That first layer underneath is always stubborn, even after multiple applications. Whether I let the stuff sit for 5, 10, 20, or even 30 minutes. Once I introduced sanding I got a much better surface to start with.

Unfortunately the previous owners for curb appeal purposes put some fresh boards down and then went over the whole thing with some crap semi-transparent garbage from Home Depot, so I'm stuck watching that start to wither away after a year or a year and a half. Would love to save the pennies and then re-build in a couple years with something that only needs rinsing.

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If you are going to replace the deck in a few years, why not pressure wash it and throw a coat of the same paint/stain on it for now? Should get a good 2 yrs out of it if you get any loose stuff off first.
Way less money and effort, especially if you're replacing the deck eventually.
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I would pressure wash first, see how it looks, go from there. If color of boards match pretty good, and short term refinish, do a Thompson or Cabot sealer, call it a day.

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