I would like to re-paint the deck. Is it necessary to strip and ultra-clean the wood before I apply a new coat or two?
How old is the deck and are you painting it or re-staining it?
It's about 5 years old and I am painting it.
I would re-stain it; it will come out so much better and last so much longer.
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No you don't have to strip it but you do have to scrape any loose paint. Then clean it really good. If there is a sheen you want to dull it by sanding a little or the new paint might not bond too good. Make sure you use a paint designed for decks.