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How to Refinish Deck Railings | Ask This Old House

In this video, This Old House paint expert Mauro Henrique shows a homeowner how to breathe new life into those old, splintery handrails.

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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.

Difficulty: ⅖
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.
* Transparent stains [] last for two to three years before requiring refinishing.
* Semi-transparent stains [] last three to four years.
* Solid stains [] 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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Stain []
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Painters tape []
Plastic sheeting []
Drop cloths []
Random orbital sander []
150-grit sandpaper []
100-grit sanding sponge []
2.5 inch paintbrush []

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