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4 Tips for Staining Your Deck

Updated on August 25, 2014

Staining Your Deck Is Easier Than You Think

Staining your deck is one of the best ways to breathe new life into your backyard. It is amazing what a staining job can to change the overall look and feel of your deck and your entire yard. And, doing it is much easier than you think. You don’t need to be a professional to stain your deck. If you can paint, you definitely have the skills to stain your deck.

Turn that old and dated looking deck into one that will be the envy of your neighbors in the following 4 steps.

Step 1 - Repair Your Deck

The first thing that you need to do is prep your deck for the staining process. Are there a few old boards that need replacing? Are there any areas that need a little TLC? Examine your deck and identify areas that need a little attention and repair them before you start the staining process. Assessing the condition of your wood is a step you cannot overlook.

Step 2 - Purchase The Right Stain

This is the important part – especially if you want your deck to have a specific look. Keep in mind that the stain you choose will impact the final look of your deck. Certain types of wood react different to stain, so choosing the correct stain color is essential. If you have questions about what stain to buy and how much you will need, don’t hesitate to contact a professional for advice.

Step 3 - Clean The Surface Of Your Deck

This is where the real work starts. But, before you start to apply the deck stain, you need to prep the surface and make sure it is clean. To do this, you can use a number of wood preparation products, just make sure you choose the one that is best suited for the wood on your deck.

One word of advice – Never use soap and water! It will leave a residue that could impact the effectiveness of the stain.

Step 4 - Apply The Deck Stain

Make sure that you apply stain to a clean and dry surface. Therefore, its essential to choose day when there is no rain in the forecast, which will allow the deck stain enough time to dry and be absorbed by the wood on your deck.

Depending on your deck and the amount of stain you applied originally, you may need to add a second coat of stain - But make sure the first coat is completely dry before adding an additional coat of stain.

Let the deck surface dry for 48 hours and then enjoy!

Learn More About Deck Staining

To learn more about how to stain your deck, check out this wood stain project guide


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