How To Stain Your Deck

staining the deck

Most commercially available deck stains and sealants do this in only one or two coats, assuming that you prepare your space correctly and that you apply your stain correctly. You should take on the task of applying a fresh coat of stain to your deck every few years, in order to protect the wood and make sure that it looks its best.

If you are keeping it in the same color and in good shape, a DIY deck cleaning can be all that is needed to prepare your wood for the new coat of stain. 

The best way to tell if your deck is ready for a new stain is to test to see how well it resists water. One of the best ways to keep a wooden deck looking and feeling good is to keep the surface protected by applying a nice coat of stain or paint regularly. Once the deck is cleaned, it is even more important that you let the wood fully dry before staining the deck.

Before applying any stain or paint, the surface of your deck needs to be prepped. All you have to do is prepare your wood, give it a good wash, and then you will be applying the stain on your deck. Whether you are applying stain on a new deck or re-staining an older one, you need to first clean your deck and let it dry for 24 hours.

Once the whole deck has been treated with a thin layer of wood stain, allow the deck to dry for some more time before you decide whether you want another layer applied. You should also use a paint brush, since you do not want to run the risk of splattering wood stain all over the deck as you wait for it to dry. 

If your deck is made from pressure-treated wood, you need to give it some time to allow chemicals to dry out before you can apply the stain correctly.

This really depends on how large your deck is, if railings and stairs are involved, and how much cleanup is required prior to applying the stain. 

All wood needs to be cleaned properly prior to staining, whether you have a brand new deck, or an older deck that is been sitting outside and needs to be re-staining.

You should wait at least two days after the last rain, or once you clean your deck, before applying your first layer of stain. These may sound like delays to your progress, especially if you are ultra-impatient to start, but taking some time to prep your deck before applying the stain will lead to a quality, efficient finish. 

Whether it is the first time you have stained a deck, floor sanding and polishing or a freshen-up of an existing stain job, simply taking these four easy steps can make sure that your deck looks its best. And heres one of the biggest tips of them all, the frequency with which you stain or paint a deck is an enormous key to getting the longest life from your deck.

Putting quality stain on your deck, such as DeckScapes from Sherwin Williams, keeps sunrays from penetrating your wood entirely, ensuring that the longevity of the deck. Just like your homes exterior paint, stains for your deck help keep water from getting inside the wood. 

Deck stain also helps to protect your deck by protecting it from water, rot, mold, and other annoying problems. If you leave your decks surface exposed, drips and sprays show through, even a full coat of stain.

In this case, you might need to use a brush to clean the joints, blot off the stain from the surface when wet, and then use the poop applicator on the deck surface itself. You can then brush off any embedded mud or algae, or blow it away with a power washer, and your decks wood will soak up the stain far more effectively. 

A sprayer may work here, but if staining the fence panels next to the deck, you will want to switch to a paintbrush so that no stain on the wood hits your deck. When staining railings and the exterior of the joists, you will want to use a smaller brush for the decking and try to avoid spraying on your deck boards.