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Paint expert Mauro Henrique helps a homeowner restore their beautiful backyard deck railings. After the homeowner explains that her deck is splintering, Mauro shows her how to prepare the deck for stain. The two tape off the cable railings and place tape around the composite decking before getting to work.
Time: One day of work, several days for drying
Cost: Under $200
How to Choose the Right Stain
There are three types of stains: transparent penetrating oil, semi-transparent, and solid stain. They each protect the wood equally well. However, their lifespans vary.
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* Semi-transparent stains [https://thd.co/3yuuUIJ] last three to four years.
* Solid stains [https://thd.co/3sv3Sx3] last about five years.
For enhancing the look of beautiful wood like mahogany, transparent stains are typically best. For discolored wood or matching repairs, solid stains are best. Semi-transparent stains land somewhere in the middle.
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