I stripped the deck that had a semi-transparent oil base stain using stripper and high pressure and in a few spots a wire brush. I rinsed with high pressure and the next day with garden hose. It rained on it the next day. The deck set for 3 days with sunshine and low humidity. I then applied Cabot semi-transparent natural stain using a roller and brush. The deck set 2 days and it rained over night. The deck is sticky and has a sparkling finish.