During a 3 day training seminar that I attended through Kent Building Supplies (my full-time employer), I discovered this amazing deck cleaner. I just HAD to get some to try for myself . . . wellllll, watch Ryan use it! LOL. PPG gave me a jug to use and blog my (our) experience. The pictures & videos will speak for themselves!
And yes, I was too cheap to buy a deck sprayer so we just poured the solution into a bucket and sloshed it on the deck with a soft brush intended to clean vehicles with. Hey, don't roll your eyes! It worked! LOL.
P.S. You can slosh/roll it on with a paint roller, also.
Here's a close-up of the fuzz I am referring to:
1. Clean (with PPG Deck Cleaner, of course! *insert smiley face*) whether your deck is weathered grey or brand new (lumber has a mill glaze on it that prevents full and even stain penetration) or pressure treated or even if a previous stain job is failing or wearing off. Clean, clean, clean!
2. Lightly sand . . . to remove the fuzzies! LOL
3. Choose the right stain for your project and area. Most stains require the weather to not dip below 10 degrees Celsius at night for three nights prior and 3 nights after staining. As well, they require no rain for the same period as it requires a completely dry deck. If you live in Eastern Canada like I do, or have similar weather, there is good news. There is one particular stain line that is much friendlier . . . Olympic Maximum! This stain line allows for temperatures to drop to as low as 2 degrees Celsius at night and allows rain the same day! You can literally clean your deck in the morning and stain in the afternoon if the deck is dry enough! How do you know if it is dry enough? Drop a little water on the deck. If it soaks in right away, the deck is ready to stain. If it lays on top, its not ready and needs to dry longer.
4. For stains other than solid, you need to work in manageble sections . . . taking care to keep a wet edge so that you don't get overlap marks. I stained 3 or 4 boards at a time, taking care to not get stain on the board next to my current chosen 3 or 4 boards. I ran out of stain halfway through so here's a picture showing half done and half not.
Here's a close-up of my stained boards: