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Old 07-19-2012, 05:08 PM
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What is the right process to clean and seal a deck?

I typically:

1. Strip the old sealer with a chemical cleaner like the Zissner Jomax, and then touch it up with a power washer.

2. Use a light coat of cleaner/brightner.

3. Let it dry for 2 days.

4. Seal. Usually use Olympic, but I am trying the Cabot this time.

Can you seal the deck the day after cleaning it or do you need to let it dry for 2 days?
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:15 PM
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No it has to be dry to about 12% moisture content tested with a moisture meter and if you did not strip off the old sealer completely the job will fail. Jomax is not a stripper. The brightener is to neutralize the stripper. Sealers are not compatible.
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:43 PM
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I just checked and the product I have is Jomax Stain & Finish Stripper. I hadn't seen it before.

I have used other Jomax products and they worked well, so I thought I would give it a try.
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What is the main ingredient as a stripper? Never heard of Jomax as a stripper. It should contain NaOH as one of the ingredients. Be sure to use an acid based neutralizer afterwards to bring the wood back to a neutral position.
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What is the main ingredient as a stripper? Never heard of Jomax as a stripper. It should contain NaOH as one of the ingredients. Be sure to use an acid based neutralizer afterwards to bring the wood back to a neutral position. Just a little questionable that a gallon will only strip 15 sq ft. Look up HD-80 as your stripper.
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:01 AM
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You won't be dissappointed with the Cabot stain.
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