Blending Old Into New Wood, Deck & Stairs
Our redwood deck suffered many Colorado winters with aging dignity. 25 years of Post season repairs created a patchwork of color. Character, I believe embedded in its knots & spots & variations. Contractors recommended a deck rebuild ($4000) -- which we thought better spent on re-staining the whole house. Painters recommended opaque solid stain -- which we thought looked too plastic against natural cedar house. So my husband & I took over the muscle work in the beginning & the detailing at the end to get what we wanted at a price we could afford.
We tried one plank of wood in painter's recommended opaque solid stain and hated it. Looked like plastic makeup, just wrong beside our naturally aging cedar home. So we decided to use a semi-opaque reddish tone on vertical deck surfaces for punch & contrast, and a start with a transparent oil base over decks.
The day after decks had a coat of transparent oil stain. I dipped my brush in oil stain AND black tint paint. My technique is to dip 3" brush full dip into oil stain, rub excess off on side of can, then dip one side only into black tint. I take long strokes and turn the brush as I go so coverage varies. I use a rag to blend or remove as I work one plank to the next.
The goal is to blend and vary in a natural way. Work quickly and try NOT to be overly critical!
The next day it WILL look natural and blended. And since you used a feathered technique -- you can always retouch later: the next day, next month or next season...
These 25-years worn-out stairs were also scheduled for tear-down. No More! Black-tinted oil stain, contrasted with reddish vertical sides and new solar copper caps brings dignity that blends nicely with our wooded landscaping.
- Transparent Oil Deck Stain (local paint dealer)
- Solid Black tinting base (local paint dealer)
- Solar copper post caps (Home Depot)
- Old staining brushes & rags
Published August 2nd, 2016 7:24 PM