Can you advise me how best to stain my deck?
My deck is about 20 yrs old but still very sturdy, no splinters, etc. It's nearly never used. I had it pressure washed yesterday because it was REALLY dirty -- the floor was nearly black. I never stained it after it was built but now want to. I have 3 questions. 1) As you see in the photo, the color is uneven. The lighter area is where the table was sitting. I'm wondering if I use a brush and OxyClean if I can make the darker areas as light as the light parts. A brush wasn't used yesterday. 2) The fellow who cleaned it suggested I use a solid color stain. I've never liked the idea of a solid color because I like natural wood and like to see the grain. But if all of the dark won't come off, then I probably have to use solid to make it look nice, right? As you see in the other photo, the vertical parts look much lighter than the rest. Any chance the floor can be made that light? 3) If the dark DOES come out, would a semi-transparent or even a transparent protectant be OK? I've read that the solid is longer lasting.