After prepping the back deck which has been on between 10 - 15 years depending on the section, I stained it trying to match a gazebo that we got this summer. I did a couple test patches before doing the whole thing and they matched up pretty well, so I got to it.
Well, the entire deck didn't turn out like the test patches and it is waaayyyy to "orange-y". I think I figured out that the difference between the test patches and the overall color was the fact that I brushed the test patches but rolled the entire deck. The brushing worked the stain into the grain of the wood causing a darker, more brown tint, than the rolling action. It is a Cabot semi-solid deck stain, supposed to let some grain through but not be completely opaque like regular paint.
I'm trying to figure out what to do to recover and make it look better since Halloween is over in about a week and the orange color will not be in season any more. My first choice is to let it "season" over the winter and see if it fades/wears to a more brownish color. I like this option since it requires the least effort on my part! My second choice is to power wash it down and stain again using a different color.
Anybody with some experience in this arena with some suggestions?!
In the mean time, anybody need a orange colored space to hold a Halloween themed party?