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Wood and Deck Stain Questions
My deck is brand new. Do I still need to clean it?
Yes! New wood can have 'mill scale', which is a crushing of the grain that occurs during the milling process. When you clean it, you not only remove this mill scale, you also clean off contaminants, such as dirt, mold, and mildew that the lumber can pick up during the building process.
Should I use a pressure washer to clean my deck?
Sure, it makes cleaning a lot easier and faster. Just limit your pressure to no more than 1,000 or 1,200 p.s.i. and use caution to work with the grain and never against it as it will damage the wood if you do.
What's the best way to apply the stain?
The best way is always going to be to use a brush. Spraying the stain on first will certainly speed the job up, but brushing the stain as well helps to work it deep into the pores of the wood and makes your project last longer.
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Is a roller a good way to stain the deck?
Not really. Rollers were developed with paint in mind. Using a roller will simply push the stain around on the surface and not force it into the pores. It can also leave a stipple effect in the finish when the stain has dried.
How do I know when I have applied enough stain to my deck?
If you're using a semi-transparent stain, apply only as much stain as the wood can easily absorb and take care to brush out any puddles that may form. If you put enough stain on to form a gloss on the surface, it has been over applied and, in time, will more than likely peel.
What's the best time of the year to stain my deck?
The spring and fall certainly offer the easiest conditions to work in. The key is to stay out of direct sunlight, as it can make any stain dry too quickly, and to try to stain when the temperatures are below 80 degrees.
Masonry Waterproofing Questions
Marine Wood Questions
When applied correctly, how long can I expect Marine Seal Wood Dock Stain to last?
It's always difficult to accurately predict how long wood stains will last. There are simply too many variables —
preparation, application, environment, etc. Marine applications have very severe exposures to sun and weather, so wood stains don't typically last as long as they might in other applications. The key is to apply a maintenance coat at the first sign of color loss or graying. Doing this will save you tons of time and energy since you don't have to start from the beginning as you did with the initial coat.
Marine Masonry Questions
Will applying MarineSeal Water Repellent to my dock make it slippery?
Not at all. MarineSeal Concrete Pier Sealer is a penetrating, silane/siloxane blend. After it has been properly applied and allowed to dry and cure, there should be little, if any, change to the look or feel of the concrete. In some cases, darkening can occur, but that is normally a result of simply applying too much product and letting it puddle up on the surface and dry. If you do apply more than what the concrete can absorb, keep a dry roller handy and spread it out with the roller until the puddling is gone.
When applied correctly, how long can I expect MarineSeal Concrete Pier Sealer to last?
This question is often asked but is difficult to answer because there are a lot of variables that can come into play. Typically, I would expect the concrete to remain protected for at least 5 years or so. Even when the surface beading begins to lessen, which can occur after a year or two, the product should still be protecting the concrete from absorbing water.
Can MarineSeal Concrete Pier Sealer be applied to a wooden dock?
No. MarineSeal Concrete Pier Sealer only works on 'cementitous' materials, i.e. concrete, masonry, stone, etc. There is a chemical bond made by the water repellent with the silica in the concrete, so if you use it on materials like wood that do not contain silica, it simply won't last. For clear protection on wood, consider using MarineSeal Clear Wood Stain.