Rebuilt and stripped clean, new post and new panels. Ready to stain!
Its a couple days later and the deck has been rebuilt. Then I put on some stripper and used a light pass of the pressure washer to remove the stain. Almost all of the stain came off except for some of the typical stubborn spots like knots. It doesn’t really matter though, as we plan to go with a different color and instead of a semi transparent stain, we are going to use a solid stain. So one or tow coats may be needed.
Next was to strip off the old brown stain. You get a sneak peek at the lattice panels I’ve built to cover the gap underneath. You might also notice too that the corner post is a piece of straight 6×6 while the two middle posts are turned. They are all getting covered with a vinyl wrap. More on that later.
I knew in advance that I would be wrapping the posts, so I had already planned ahead for the road block that would occur. The original deck used 1×4 verandah floor boards right to the edge. But when I rebuilt the decking the outer board I replaced with a 1×6. That’s because I knew the post trim would stick out over the 1×4 (had I put it back in place).
This presented another concern, in that the 1×6 created a 2 inch overhang at the step, a trip hazard for sure. Easy enough, simply cut back 1-1/2 inches to leave the standard overhang. This brings into play how the vinyl wrap trim.
I rounded the edges with a bastard file and some sandpaper, it took less time to do that than if I had set up a router. A picture speaks volumes so I’ll include a sneak peek below why all this planning is necessary.