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Many fence treatments are intended for use on rough sawn wood as they soak in better. Assuming your fence is made of sawn timber, you shouldn't sand it. Also the pressure treatment doesn't soak in all the way (or at least not at full strength) so you wouldn't want to remove much material. A pressure washer or a brush would be a good idea, especially ...


Water will raise the grain of your nice, smooth decking, requiring a re-sand. Also, rain will soak into the wood, requiring a significant dry-time delay before sealing. Yes, you should tarp it.


This sounds like a good project for a modern paint stripper. Get a sample size of SoyGel (or CitriStrip or whatever), and cover the whole surface with the goop. Then cover the gel with strips of plastic wrap, and leave it overnight. In the morning, you'll be able to remove it easily with a scraping tool; it just melts off. Repeat as needed if you have ...

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