Now is the time of year that we are doing a ton of power wash & stain’s for past Backyard Fun Zone customers. However a lot of folks do this themselves. Its a messy job but you don’t have to do it every year so it’s not so bad when you look at it that way.
We see a lot of playsets out there that folks have use some kind of latex stain- almost like a paint. You DO NOT want to use this kind of stain and the reason being is that it seals the wood so that the exposed areas- the ones touching other pieces or where a lag or bolt goes is still raw wood – this is were water will go and be adsorbed into the wood but because most of the piece is sealed the water has no were to go so it sits there and ends up rotting the set from the inside.
Here are a few pictures of pieces that have rotted from the inside out because of the stain used. You can see the outside still looks good but the inside isn’t holding up so well.
We recommend and use Superdeck, Semi Transparent (Transparent is good too), Oil Base (goes on easier and lasts longer than waterbase) Stain. You can get it at Sherwin Williams. It’s a one coat application. We use Redwood pigment color but there are other colors to choose from if you don’t like that color. There’s a pigment but because it’s Semi Transparent or even Transparent you can see through it so you will see a variance in wood color. You don’t have to use Superdeck but any good quality oil base semi transparent or transparent stain will work.
This is what a 2 year old set looks like after it’s been powerwashed and stained with Superdeck Semi Transparent Redwood Stain.