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    General practice after applying any product that is on the alkaline side is to apply a neutralizer. While percarbonates become inert after they exhaust themselves, the pH is still alkaline. Stains/sealers are designed to go onto wood that is in its neutral state which is acidic in nature. Wash, rinse, neutralize, rinse. Rod
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    Thank you again for all this info Rod. One last question. Should I be rinsing with an oxalic Acid mixture after cleaning with the Sodium Percarbonate mixture? Don
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    Yes. Clean it first, wait till dry then apply. First coat on new wood is going to look much lighter than on older wood because the fibers are still very tight and don't absorb as well as when loosened up by aging and lignin/extractives depreciation. When you are to perform subsequent maintenance applications, clean with oxyclean if is it just mold. If algae develops, skip the oxyclean and use bleach and water instead. (oxyclean and bleach don't get along in a mixture) Brush and then rinse thoroughly or use a power washer to speed up the process but remember you aren't trying to remove the color. Some may anyway as there are no significant binders to hold it on the surface and UV degradation will make it easy to remove. Once clean, neutralize and rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. Re-apply A/C and if mildew is a problem in your environment, you can also use a small amount of Japan Drier in Only What you think you can apply. Not the whole container. This will help the product set up faster and give less time for nature to deposit things that promote mildew regrowth. Yes, still use a mildewcide in only the new container you have. Not the used/partial one you may left over from prior applications. Any remaining product (hopefully very little) should be disposed of once a drier has been added. The product loses its properties in the can and when you go to use it later, it will not work as designed. This is why I state to only add it to what you think you will apply. If you need a little more you can still add it to that amount required. Keep what comes in the can in the state it was once opened (except the mildewcide if you add it. That does not hurt the formula). Rod
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    Thank you Rod. The deck has a 6x8 at 4ft and a 16 x18 at about 2ft and Ottawa is pretty humid here in the summer. I had read on the AC stain website that they recommended waiting 3 months that is why I was not sure. So if I am going to stain it about a month after it was installed I just need to do a light scrub with Oxiclean correct? Then next season if I am not restaining it can I scrub and brighten it or should I just scrub it? The lower deck was sealed off with flashing to keep animals out but I am going to look into seeing if there are some kind of vents I could install that would allow air to flow under the deck and not let animals in. It is closed off with cut down vertical deck boards so it would probably have to be a circle shaped vent. Thank you for your assistance.
  9. Cleaning recommendations

    Since you are using Pt Pine, you can seal it within 2 weeks of installation according to the American Wood Preservers Association, the organization that sets the guidelines for pressure treatment in wood. If you are going to wait that long, your exterior environment will be a dictating factor on what you will need to do. Oxy clean is easy enough for just gray wood and some mildew growth. Neutralizing with an acid is recommended. I am not sure what stores you have in your neck of the woods but look for a product that has either Oxalic or Citric acid and is designated for use on decks. If you are looking for more specifics, try https://www.opwdecks.com/ If your deck environment has high moisture conditions from a pool, hot tub or pond/water feature or sits really close to the ground and has little to no air passage beneath (less than 2' results in pockets of dead air and high moisture retention) then you may have to look into an additional mildewcide to help stave off mold growth during the drying period which with A/C can be anywhere from 2-5 days depending upon how much sun and shade you have. More sun, less dry time. Rod
  10. Good day, I have been reading through the posts on here and there is a ton of information, it has been quite interesting. I have a new PT deck that I just had built and I am going to wait 3 months and then use an AC Semi trans stain on it. From what I have read I will still need to wash and brighten it afterward. I was wondering what you guys would recommend as either a pre-bought product or one I can mix up at home. I plan on re-staining every 2 years or so but I am not sure if I should clean and brighten it every year or just clean it. Thank you for any advice you guys and gals can give me. Don
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    2k range Rod
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    Thanks Beth n Rod. I already know the things you wrote. I was just interested in what others were pricing at?
  13. Big Driveways

    Any project is dependent upon the costs associated with completing it that you company needs to stay in business. One has to figure out all the costs your business incurs and apply them to the daily operational costs at a price that will support it. I would have 2 guys on that crew and it would take about 3 hours to wash so you have to figure the costs based upon at least that factor then include your insurances (aggregated from a yearly cost to a daily and then hourly figure), the fuel, the chems, the travel time and a margin of profit which helps the business reinvest in itself and pay benefits. Rod
  14. Big Driveways

    I'm quoting a driveway of 13,000 square feet. Will downstream a weak bleach then clean with Whisper Wash then downstream again with a weak bleach to finish up. Curious what you would price this at? Thanks!
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  16. Then you must upgrade and use mobile phone to run your roof repair business.
  17. If they didn't kill off any existing mold, the likelihood of mold returning is certain. The extent of which is only determinable by a couple of factors. 1. Wood too wet when stained. 2. Deck too low to the ground and high moisture from the evaporating soil beneath keeping mold alive also leading to return. 3. Over hanging plants/trees, excessive shade and or hot tub/pool/pond in proximity adding moisture/humidity for the mold to feed on. Strip the deck. Apply bleach and water at 50/50 (bleach/water) to the bare wood and let dwell. Reapply where dark or otherwise not the true color of wood is present. Rinse thoroughly and then neutralize. Any stain that is oil based at that point should have an additional mildewcide added to help stave off any growth onset during the cure time and a drier (Japan Drier) to help speed up the cure and minimize the ability for the environment to deposit and stick in the stain. Hope this helps. Rod
  18. I received a call today from a potential customer who informed me that he used Super Deck oil base stain to stain his deck from Sherwin Williams. He told me he power washed the deck and stained it with Super Deck and it turned black. After that he asked some one to strip the deck and he stained it again with the same product. I asked the potential customer how the striping was done. He told me it was stripped then it was brighten with oxilic acid. After the second staining was done the deck turn black again. The only thought that comes to mind would be that the wood moisture was too high or striping was improper. I do not have any picutures yet as I have not been to see to the deck yet. Any thought Rod or any one else would be appreciated. Thank you in advance. MIke Movila
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  21. Well I'm 51 going on 20 at 6:00 A.M. And 51 going on intention at 6:00 P.M. Lol Feel it in the hands and knees these days but otherwise no to bad.
  22. 51 and still going, but feeling it. I still do roofs too. My friend is 60 and still doing roofs too, so who knows. God's grace!
  23. RE-staining

    The Orange looking product may be Sikkens Dek. It was all the rage back then and if that is the gazebo ceiling you pictured, then I'd leave it as an accent. The rest of it has to be stripped unless you offer to prime and solid stain it. Don't bother wasting your money on strippers at H.D. Go here:https://www.opwdecks.com/ and get a contractor grade product. You will need also this:633-ADD which is an additive that helps to strip acrylics and solid stains. You can get it from here-http://www.acrproductsinc.com/ Tell them I sent you. Meanwhile, inform the customer that this is not just a sanding job as you previously thought. That is part of it but not till you get the bulk of the stain off. There will still be some stain in the cracks. No machine or chemical is able to remove. Keeping that in mind is why I suggested priming and solid stain to hide it. The deck boards don't appear bad enough to warrant replacement so the options are limited based upon what the customer can pay and what he is willing to accept as the end result aesthetic. Stripping the ceiling will be the ultimate p.i.t.a. because gravity is pulling your stripper down and in order to get the product to loosen (there are likely 2 coats) you will have to use a stiff bristle brush to agitate it while the product is working. Get the difficulty yet? Just clean it as the manufacturer prescribes with bleach and tsp in water and then rinse. From that level on down, make a distinct separation from it for the other color. If you do strip the entire deck and leave the ceiling alone you can expect a decent result but inform the customer of the potential you can't get rid of the stain in the cracks without replacing the boards. That poses another problem. With any 'see-through' stain, you will have a noticeable difference in the aged wood and new. There is no way to match them in most cases because in order to do so, you have to not only change the color on those new boards, you have to increase the pigment amount to compensate as well. Unless you are practiced at this, I wouldn't do it because it is more trial and error and you end up with a bunch of color pigments you may never use the rest of and it goes to waste. Food for thought. Rod
  24. I typically paint houses but I took on a deck/ patio/ steps and hand railing staining project. The options were, a solid or a darker stain, he didn’t like either and he didn’t want to pay for it to all be sanded. So I told him I’d sand it a little and pick a slightly darker or similar. My question is now that I took it upon myself to strip it. I found a shiny pretty orange stain that was originally on it 20 years ago but he doesn’t know what it was and whoever covered it since then did a **** poor job and used a way different color and product. What can I use to put over it to what it was originally, Is it possible. should I use an oil base stain or water base and should I just go to Sherwin-Williams, Lowe’s, Home Depot or PPG and pick a similar stain, its now lighter but not Completely bare wood with a hint of orange that the stripper did not take off. If this is confusing or I didn’t write it properly that’s pretty much how I feel about this job. I just want the home owner to get what he wants. The pictures are of what it is not yet stripped and the finished looking picture is the ceiling of the gazebo I believe it used to look like.
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  26. Im just starting up to clean hoods and vents. Where can i find caustic soda in southern utah at a cheap price? How do i foam it up in my manual pump sprayer?
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