Hi all, I have a rather large deck I need to get back in shape. The good news is it has zero rot, so this is strictly a refinishing process, not a replacement project. The decking is all cedar 2x6 planks, held down to 2x10 joists with outdoor decking screws. Vertical supports are all pressure treated 6x6 on top of bigfoot cement pylons, all horizontals are cedar. Deck is L shaped with the side being about 20x6 and the front running about 30x12 (like I said...a BOG deck). We bought some stain for it a couple years ago...I think it was an Olympic stain...I TSP'd and bleached the boards, let them dry for a few days and the wife did 2-3 coats of the stain...and it went on like orange paint. Weirdedst thign ever, the stain had zero absorption into the wood and now its coming off in sheets all over the place. We hated the color (I suspect it was a base that needed pigment to turn into the stain we thought we were buying, but neither the can, nor the can shaker monkey at Home Depot indicated this was the case) so its a good thing this is coming off liek this as it gives me the opportunity to do it over again and hopefully get it right. Now onto the questions. Whats the best way to ger rid of what there? I was thinking power wash and try to blast off the majority of what we have on there, but someone mentioned to me that if we do that we would then have to sand the deck, which with the random screw heads sticking up a hair would make it a mostly by hand job...not something I'm looking forward to doing at all. Is this the case or does this not seem right? After I strip it, whats the most appropriate product/process to use for prepping the deck and staining it? I've enclosed a shot of our homw so you cna get an idea of what we're looking at for colors we like...but I assume all deck stains come in various pigments, so whats the best product for me to use? We did the house in Sikkens Cetol, and it came out great, but it costs a fortune to do it...if thats the way to go, so be it I'll spend the money, but if there is a better router I'm interested. Lastly, the bottom side of the deck never gets an sunlight (not to surprising I guess) and has started to build up some mold and mildew. I cna power wash it and TSP it to get it celaned up, but how to preserver it best? Just use the same stain we did on the top? I build a patio under the deck and someday wouldlike to be able to use it as an outdoor screenroom, but I would have to do someithing to roof it in, which menas making the deck floor watertight in some fashion, which basically mens I'll never see the bottom of the deck floor again...whatever I do up there doesn't need to be too pretty, but it does need to be very well sealed so I don't start any rot problems years down the road. Thoughts? Thank you.