Last year I did a lot of research on this site before refinishing my deck. I used a stripper to remove Behr semi-transparent (what a pain), followed by a deck brightener, and finally sanding with a belt sander to remove any fuzzies or remaining stain.
I applied Cabots Australian Timber Oil which looked way better than the Behr did.
Following the winter, the snow finally melted and I found that the stain faded in some areas (on knots and near existing cracks in the wood).
I want to touch up the stain this year without removing it (I'll do that again next year). I contacted Cabots who said it is possible to apply the stain to areas that have faded. They suggested washing the deck, letting it dry and then applying.
I washed the deck using my deck broom and a small drop of detergent in a large bucket of water. I then rinsed really well. Three days have passed without rain and the wood is nice and dry. I want to apply the stain tonight once the house provides shade on the deck.
Are there any crucial steps I must take before going ahead and touching up the deck? I plan to only touch up areas as needed.
I will be using the remaining Cabots ATO and a Shur Line pad. Would using a disposable sponge brush be better since it will provide more control to ensure I only apply stain on bare spots?
I’m guessing this may make the deck look a little splotchy since the new stain will be brighter than the old, but I want to get something on the bare spots to protect the wood this season. Is it a good idea?