A pro's take on restaining deck

Prep work, UV resistance among keys to success

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Q: I have a small (12-foot-by-10-foot) wooden deck in my backyard, which was stained in redwood finish about three years ago. Some areas of the deck has weathered and faded. I am planning to restain the deck in the next week or so. Any advice on the preparation and staining techniques? –O.C.

A: If it’s been only three years, it sounds like the original material used to stain the deck might not been of the highest quality. I would suggest cleaning and prepping the deck using a product such as Wolman’s DeckStrip, which will remove the old stain and prep the wood to receive new material.