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Old 08-22-2019, 08:39 AM   #1
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I have a good customer that had a screened-in gazebo built in her backyard...all pressure treated lumber with no additional stain or coating applied.

She now wants only the floor coated with something darker so it doesn't show the dirt as much.

I haven't seen the thing up close and personal yet so don't know if the lumber is still moist or bone dry.

What is the best option (on dry lumber)...water-based stain, oil-based or paint?

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Old 08-22-2019, 08:59 AM   #2
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Re: Best Option?


Oil based semi-transparent stain TWP is the most popular around here.

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Paint. How long it lasts before recoat is limited by foot traffic / abrasion, but daily use can still go 10 years.
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make sure she understands that the dark floor will show traffic patterns.
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Old 08-22-2019, 09:18 AM   #5
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Re: Best Option?


I think she's being a little anal retentive on this to be honest, but that's nothing new.

The gazebo sits in the backyard, which is a perfectly groomed bed of grass.

I'll have to see it to understand what "dirt" she's talking about.

I'm almost thinking a good grade of indoor/outdoor carpeting would suit her needs better.

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BTW, now that thus is weathered wood, adhesion becomes a concern. Any of the acrylic stains or paints may need a troubleshooting oil based primer. If your prep removes the weathered fibers, you should be good.
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how about a quality lvp?
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how about a quality lvp?
Just a bit of research....can be used "outdoors" as long as the temperature can be controlled.

The back end of this structure faces west and the sun still comes in when setting....damn hot.
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Perhaps a walkway or or stepping stones to keep shoes clean is a better way to go.

Anyway, as part of the selection, consider the poor guy who will be called to restain it in 4-5 years. Some products are worse than others, and would be a huge pita if the deck is the only thing that gets treated. A product that only has to be cleaned, but not stripped (prior to reapplication) is the best.

My buddy had good results with reapplying Cabot semi-semisolid, so I suppose semi-transparent would be fine, too. He's pretty OCD and did it himself every 3 years or so to freshen it up.
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look up "composite deck tiles".

might work as they can withstand heat, cold & wet.
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The Jon Mon (haven't seen him in a while) would recommend TWP--the formula most of us on the right coast can't get any more.

I'd go with an oil-based stain or paint.

Carpeting tends to hold water. My buddy Jerb has carpeting over a rubber membrane on his elevated deck, looks nice, shelters the area beneath and holds up well--but only for 10 years or so. Then it's pretty much a complete rebuild.
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Tile.

Or Slate.
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I'd have to agree with tile - best option for the nature of the work

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