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Looking for advice restaining a deck

https://imgur.com/a/qXlJvm0
The images above are of the deck currently and what appears to have been used by the previous owner for the stain.

Not sure what to stain it with, I hear super deck from Sherwin Williams is the best on Reddit?

Also not sure how I should prep this, it seems to soak up water as is now, should I just clean or also strip?

Anyone have product recommendations from experience. I just want protection and possibly the ability to fill in that natural cracking in the wood.

Oh also should I be sanding this or stripping the old stuff?
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Best deck stain is Cutek. Remove all existing stain first (stripper, scrub and wash, then sanding deck), brighten deck if desired, then apply. Do it after a few dry days, you want the wood to soak up the stain.

There's nothing that'll fill the cracks that won't also wreck your deck. 'Deck Paint' or 'Deck Restore' products don't tend to last, and often require full deck replacement once the coating fails. Cutek and other penetrating stains can help swell the wood slightly and marginally reduce cracking and deformation, but don't expect miracles. This is one of those 'prevention is better than treatment' things.

EDIT: reason why Reddit doesn't mention Cutek much is because Reddit is mostly American, and they don't have easy access to Cutek in most places in the US. It just isn't on their radar. They'll recommend stuff like TWP or Armstrong Clark, both good brands but Cutek is better. Canada is fortunate enough to have distribution, though you pay for it.
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grumble wrote: Best deck stain is Cutek. Remove all existing stain first (stripper, scrub and wash, then sanding deck), brighten deck if desired, then apply. Do it after a few dry days, you want the wood to soak up the stain.

There's nothing that'll fill the cracks that won't also wreck your deck. 'Deck Paint' or 'Deck Restore' products don't tend to last, and often require full deck replacement once the coating fails. Cutek and other penetrating stains can help swell the wood slightly and marginally reduce cracking and deformation, but don't expect miracles. This is one of those 'prevention is better than treatment' things.

EDIT: reason why Reddit doesn't mention Cutek much is because Reddit is mostly American, and they don't have easy access to Cutek in most places in the US. It just isn't on their radar. They'll recommend stuff like TWP or Armstrong Clark, both good brands but Cutek is better. Canada is fortunate enough to have distribution, though you pay for it.
Where is the best place to buy Cutek in Canada?

Super helpful post btw
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LIKEWTF wrote: Where is the best place to buy Cutek in Canada?

Super helpful post btw
Depends on your location. If you're north of the GTA then Deck Masters of Canada or Deck source Inc (they are the Canadian Distributor I believe), if in GTA then Exotic Woods. Otherwise look up locations on Cutek website
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schade wrote: Depends on your location. If you're north of the GTA then Deck Masters of Canada or Deck source Inc (they are the Canadian Distributor I believe), if in GTA then Exotic Woods. Otherwise look up locations on Cutek website
Can also order from Home Hardware, they can get it delivered to the store. I think iDecks.ca also has it available, they have a physical location but they ship stuff online

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