Always follow the manufacturer's specific instructions for wood prep when applying their product. If there is prior paint or stain on the wood, remove it with a paint or stain stripper. Clean the wood with a wood/deck cleaner. Inspect for mold and mildew and treat with an appropriate product to remove.
Preparing. Before you apply stain, make sure the surface is clean (no dust, dirt, wood fibers or grease), dry and free from mildew. When a surface is not clean, stains and other finishes have trouble sticking and may end up peeling. You can remove dirt with warm water and detergent, but mildew problems require more.
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Maintaining Stain. Don't Delay. If you see a spot of bare wood or notice fading, get right to work. Clean. Wet the wood with a hose, then apply a cleaner like Jomax. Sand. When the wood is dry, rough up the surface with a random-orbit or pole sander fitted with 60-grit paper. Apply. Wipe.
Correct surface preparation prior to exterior staining can assure the best possible appearance and life of your job.
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