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    Default Worst thing to STAIN?

    Okay Wood experts.....

    In you opinion, what do you consider the most diificult task in staining? Meaning when you walk in a back yard and you see all sorts of lattice's, do you cringe? How about them spindles? OR the infamous childrens playset?

    What about that boot ramp the sits over water? And you are not permitted to get one drop of cleaner or stain in the water because some "blue toed" frog that lived there for 100,000 years may be adversely affected by it. I mean come on, this "frog" survived an ice age, countless floods, a drought or two, predators....sorry for the rant...but you get my drift..LOL
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    Decks with composite floors and stair treads, but cedar railings and stair risers. Its really tough to cover and mask off the composite areas, and not get stain seepage onto the composite. Seems that no matter how careful you are, there'll be an area (usually a highly visible area), that stain seeps through or a drop of stain hits the composite during cleanup. I will be passing on those type of decks this year, as every single one we've done in the past 6 years has had an issue. The problem is that they look like real easy money, but ALWAYS end up being a PITA.

    A close second to the above type of deck is the playset. YUCK!!
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    Serving the Twin Cities Metro area since 2000
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    Thanks for sharing Mike....

    What makes Play Sets so difficult?
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    They're too time consuming. Way too much "by hand" detail type work.
    Mike Schoeben
    A-1 PRESSURE WASHING, LLC
    Serving the Twin Cities Metro area since 2000
    763-300-7128 / Champlin, MN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mike View Post
    They're too time consuming. Way too much "by hand" detail type work.
    Amen!! A ton of hand work..

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    I don't even bother with these any more( Composite Floor/wood rails )unless they are already a client. Many high end decks (wood floors) are using White composite type materials(many brands) for trim work, risers and these are terrible( some stain easily). Do a test first before doing these. I had a three story house with Ipe just stained on each level and a storm came half hour later. This house was all composite material and stain dripped all over the sides.
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    Wood & Stone Restoration
    Pressure Cleaning
    Waterbury CT

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    I agree with the above and in new pressure treated decks. You really should wait a period before staining a pressure treated deck especially if the wood is not built with KD lumber. the problem with that is, PT wood has very little tolerance for mositure transfer before it begins to warp, cup, check or crack. I usually tell people to wait 30 days, wash it, then seal it seven to ten days later. Even then, by the following year it often looks like crap.
    Ken Fenner
    PressurePros, Inc
    House Washing
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    Arbors, lattice, and handrails in that order, we have allot of arbors with beams and slats(for lack of better terms) that require allot of detail hand work. Ive never done a playscape so can't comment on that, but sounds like allot of work.
    Clint Wheeler
    Hill Country Window Cleaning & Pressure Washing
    Serving The TX Hill Country
    (210)452-2823

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    New PT lumber is a new science all together . I am waiting as long as I can. The stuff looks the same in 6 months to a year after its built and does not suck enough oil? I have a couple of new ones coming up built last Fall. I hate Arbors and hate the Maintenance of Arbors more !! LOL
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    Wood & Stone Restoration
    Pressure Cleaning
    Waterbury CT

    James Foley

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    I dislike 2 tone jobs as well. The pay is nice if you bid it right, but man it takes a while.

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