Hey guys, I am looking into it. I have decided to tackle my Moms as trial run, no charge for her, she just buys the supplies. So I stripped her cedar deck today with f18, then put on some oxalic. Looks great, needs some repairs so my little bro will do that tomorrow. I had her pick up some Armstrong clark today, and I will stain tomorrow. I should probably start a new thread for this, but her front porch has some sort of deck paint on it, f18 didn't touch it. What will get this crap off so I can stain it?!
Not all decks present the same process. Sounds like your project is one that is on the high end of the PITA scale. They are not all like that. Each will have it's own set of unique charactaristics due to whatever species you are working with.
Obviously the more wood you restore, the more knowledge you gain each time. It is a craft and an art form in and of itself.
Some are basic trainers and some are exotic masterpieces.
Just don't be too zealous when it comes to pressure on wood, and learn your mixes and use PPE.
...... and don't forget to tip your bartenders and wait staff