Deck: Power Washed, Primed & Stained

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It took five days in total but, we finally completed our modest 10′ x 12′ deck.

Kudos to Cabot’s for answering the phone on a Sunday afternoon… and having a U.S. English speaking person doing the job.

My loving Wife pressure washed… what a trooper!
I taped off 3M ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape the parts we didn’t want stained.

… and then we started with Valspar Cabot’s Quick Dry Oil Primer
Two gallons and we still didn’t get everything primed the recommended two coats. However, I did make sure all the horizontal surfaces got two coats.









We both worked on the Cabot Solid Color Acrylic Decking Stain
in Chestnut Brown.















A few take aways:

  1. Don’t waste your money on Wagner’s DeckMate…total waste of time and money! Didn’t do what was claimed on the box.
  2. If you have to go back for more stain…bring the label. Apparently, Cabot’s makes several different versions of the same color… we learned. Thankfully, we didn’t get too far into the newer can that we realized we were mixed the wrong color.
  3. The railings were a killer! We now see a value in composite decking.
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Add Cabot’s to our list of good companies still employing U.S. Customer Service personnel.

5 Responses

  1. Thanks for the comment on my blog. I can say that it's still holding up very pretty well. There have been some small chips (1/8" x 1/2" long) on the leading edge of some boards. I'm considering a little touch up in those areas. But, other than that the film build is largely intact.

  2. Rob,

    I am in the middle of the exact same project using cabot's oil primer and solid deck stain on about 900-1000 sqft of deck. How does it look after a year now? If you could shoot e an email and let me know I would appriciate it.

    Thanks a lot. Hope it is holding up.

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