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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.
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.
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.