Staining a deck adds flavour and creates an aesthetically pleasing look to the wood texture of your deck’s surface. On top of helping the appearance of your deck, the wood stain also helps waterproof the deck which protects it from rain. The water can warp the wood and affect the state of your deck. Staining your deck can be hard but it doesn’t have to be. As a beginner, you can stain your deck within 2-4 hours, which is a weekend morning and you will be done before lunchtime. Have a look at our step-by-step guide on how to stain a deck. Contact Living Construction for more information.
- Pressure washer
- Brushes to scrub the deck cleaner
- 80-grit sandpaper
- Any garden hose to clean the surface
Wood and deck stain (a combination of stain and sealer)
Select the Stain that You Desire to Use and Also Check the Weather for The Day so That Possible Rain Doesn’t Harm Your Hard Work
Attempt a basic test to check whether your deck repels water or needs staining. Scatter some water on the wood: if the wood retains the water within 10-minutes, it is suggested to start planning the staining of your wood quickly. If the water gathers on the surface, you have more time to stain your deck at a later point if you would like. If your deck is newly built you can immediately start to stain, however, if not, you have to clean the wood and allow it to completely dry for a day before you begin.
It is ideal to not apply the stain under the direct sun rays as the stain dries quickly, making it a tough job for you. On the off chance that your deck has been recently stained, note that an oil-based stain can be applied over a water-based stain, however, a water-based stain cannot be applied over an oil-based stain. Apply a stain that would be water repellent and protect the wood.
Prep the Surface
Eliminate all decorations or furniture that is on your deck. Assess the decking wood, fixing defects such as splinter, holes and replacing any missing nails or screws the deck could have required. Sand parts of the deck that could have splintered with at least an 80-grit sandpaper. Clear away dirt residue and garbage, including between the deck sheets. In the event that there are plants close by the deck, cover them with a canvas or sheeting to shield them from any stain getting on them.
Wash Your Deck
You’ll need to clean the deck sheets to wash away any dirt before you stain the wood. Wash the wood with a deck cleaner and allow it to soak for a couple of minutes before scrubbing it away. Then allow the wood to completely dry for 24 hours before you stain your deck.
Start with Staining the Railings and Posts
Prior to applying the stain, utilize painter’s tape to secure zones like the house walls to prevent from any stain getting on there. Then clear the deck with a broom of any potential garbage or leaves that could have accumulated during the days it was drying. After you have tested the stain on a small patch and are sure it is the stain you would like to use, start staining easier parts of the deck first. Start with the railings and posts. Apply even layers throughout the stain to ensure it will look cohesive with the rest of the deck.
Time to Stain the Main Floorboards of The Deck
Before you begin, pick your exit point and start the staining process backwards so that you are not stuck and have to step on the stain to leave. Make sure to purchase a paint pad applicator. This will allow your stain to go on smoothly and is easier to handle to stain large floor spaces. Apply the stain in layers and start evenly and slowly, making long strokes. If you have trouble to stain in between cracks and other small areas, we suggest that you should use a paintbrush. Once complete, allow the stain job to dry for around 24-hours. Your deck is now complete and has been stained! The process could not have been easier!