This deck was refinished about 10 years ago. The sun is on the deck for a good 10 hours a day. Adding rain, snow, dust and pollen, the finish had faded and worn away in areas.
The first two pictures show the condition before we started. The mahogany stain was faded and there were gray weathered spots. Removing the old stain and weathered spots was done by sanding. We removed just about all of the old finish. There were some stains that would not come out. After two full days of machine sanding and sanding all balusters by hand, the deck was transformed back to natural wood color.
To keep your deck looking good, wash it down with a hose, use a blower to remove debris. Power washing is not recommended unless you use a very low pressure setting. I rarely power wash decks. I prefer to use quality cleaners and a good brush and rinse with a hose..
All products for this job were purchased at Pete and John's Paint Market, Oakland, NJ.