Wrong decking stain shade - help!

29 Jul 2019
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So I was trying to stain some old unstained decking a nice pale green shade, and tried some Ronseal Ultimate Protection decking stain in 'sage'.

It was only after doing a first coat, letting it dry, and then starting to do a second one, that I realised my definition of 'pale green' differs from that used by Ronseal. My decking glows in the dark!

After looking into it a bit more, I think 'willow' might be more the colour I would need - it's a little darker.

Given it's a slightly darker shade of the same product, do I need to still strip the decking down, or could I just go over it a few times with this slightly darker shade? The wood was bare before so it's still drinking up stain. Or, if I need to strip it....how on earth do I strip freshly stained, grooved decking? Or could I just use 'rescue paint'?
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if you have coated all the wood and its adhering well then yes i would just try say 2 further coats and leave for a week or so and take it from there
but otheres may have other ideas :D
You dont need to.

Lift the boards and replace them the right way up, and go with a different colour.

Yes, this only works if you have decking grooved on one side. Apparently the Internet hasn't heard of dual profile decking.
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Well it has, but I admit I didnt consider that possibility, given how common the grooved-one-side is and how common it is to lay it grooved side up.
you can put a darker stain over a light one.

Let it weather a bit to roughen the surface, and it will adhere better.

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