Hey guys. I recently repaired a few boards on my deck that were rotted bad (cedar) and stained the wood a darker brown (solid stain). I did a good job prepping the wood but maybe not good enough. It has been several days and the stain keeps rubbing off on my hands when I test certain boards. I went with what I though was a good stain company (Armstrong Clark) vs. some of the garbage they typically sell at the BB stores.
Deck, made of cedar, had not been sealed/stained in two years.
I power washed, gently, the floor boards and rails.
I scrubbed the deck with a pre-prep detergent and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing off.
I went over the rails and floorboards with 120 grit sand paper. I went over a few rougher spots with a 220 grit afterwards. I am reading I should have used 80 grit but who knows. I also used a manual/flat sanding tool that might not have got the boards that great.
I tried rinsing the boards off today and wiping down with a soft bristle scrub brush and no good. I thought maybe what was coming off of my hands was maybe leftover dust from my sanding but thats not the case. Its the pigment from the stain.
Any advise here? My thinking is I need to sand better, get a machine, use 80 grit paper, blow off all the dust, wipe the boards down with a rag after dusting, then reapply new stain after not getting any rain for 48 house.