Is a primer needed for staining a deck?

Anonymous asked 4 years ago

I applied solid deck stain on my deck that I cleaned well and let dry. It had not been stained previously. Some wood was new, other old, cedar.

Within two months it was peeling off (not oil based). I sent a sample to the company and they said I should have used a primer. The can did not mention a primer, instead it mentioned its superb bonding properties.

Is it common to use a primer? It’s not mentioned often in the preparation parts of “How to”.

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