First post here and I have read some bad things about pressure washing decks. I am looking to prepare my deck and re-stain it. One side of the deck is fairly shaded from the elements, while the other side has the sun beating down on it all day. It seems the prior owners of the home did a semi-transparent stain on the protected side and used a solid stain or paint on the other side. I'm trying to figure out what kind of wood the deck is and then what I should do to it.