After years of putting a Band-Aid over the problem — slapping on more of the paint-like “stain” to hide the chipped areas — it does feel satisfying to have finally taken the porch boards down to bare wood and done things “properly.”
If, this summer, you are tempted to stain your porch or deck with a very thick non-transparent stain, don’t do it! If you’re considering painting your porch or deck, back away from the can immediately! I don’t want you to be filled with regret like we have been.
This project took me about four hours from start to finish, and that’s including drying time. I’d paint a coat, wander off and read a few chapters of my book and go back to do another coat.