Best stain for deck. Oil base or water base.

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HELP. Already has water base. Is awful. Peeling right off. How do I get best results. Thinking oil base. But don’t know if I can do that since builder originally used water base.

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  • M. M.. M. M.. on May 21, 2018
    Since you will have to scrap and sand the wood, you could probably put oil base. Rent a sander that you can use standing up-save your back and knees! Don't forget the sealer..
  • Ken Ken on May 21, 2018
    Some parts of the country do not allow oil-based stains due to smog causing VOCs. If you can use oil based stain, that would be my choice. A pressure washer may be a good choice to remove peeling paint, but you need skill to keep from blasting wood fibers away. That would be bad.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 21, 2018
    oil base is worse
  • P McCammon P McCammon on May 21, 2018
    Oil lasts longer, especially if you are in the south

  • Joanna Smith Joanna Smith on May 22, 2018
    Rule of thumb for paint and stain is: You can use Oil over water, but never water over oil. Give the deck a good wash and let dry completely. Then get your oil base stain and go for it. It will be shinier and last ten times longer!