How To Stain A Wooden Deck
Wooden decks are exposed to elements such as sunlight, rain, and occasional dirt spills so the correct method of staining your deck and regular refinishing can preserve and protect it for years.
Here are simple steps on how to properly stain a deck:
1. Pressure Washing - This initial step is very crucial as it will remove any stain, dirt, debris, and mildew accumulated throughout the years.
2. Cleaning - After rinsing the deck with a pressure wash, the next step in the preparation is to use a deck cleaner that will penetrate into the boards and remove dirt underneath. Ensure that each board has full coverage, allow the deck cleaner to settle as per the label instruction, then rinse and clean the deck thoroughly. Let the deck completely dry out for 48 hours. This will make sure that the stain will adhere to the deck. It is important not to skip this step otherwise it will end up peeling your deck and the staining job will not last for long.
Note: Before planning this project, check the weather forecast, there shouldn't be rain in the next 2 days or more as the deck should be fully dried up before staining.
3. Sanding - Sanding is done before staining and sealing to clear out any dirt or debris that came down while the deck is drying. Make sure that all surfaces are vacuumed and free from sanding dust. Wipe and remove all traces of dust before proceeding to staining or sealing.
4. Repair - Inspect all the boards if there is a need for repair or replacement, check also for some loose screws.
5. Staining - Put painter's tape around the base of railings, siding, edges, and areas that need to be protected from stains. Stain the deck boards using a paint pad applicator. Apply one coat of stain in even and long strokes. Cut in the edges, in between cracks or hard-to-reach areas using a brush.
How Often Does Deck Should Be Stained
To prolong the life of the wood, a deck should be stained every 2 to 3 years. The deck also needs staining if there is mildew or mold started to build up. At the earliest signs of wear, a deck must be refinished immediately.
Types of Stain for Decks
Deck stain protects the deck from the adverse effects of UV light, molds, mildew, and moisture.
1. Clear Stains - Clear stains show the most amount of wood grain. It allows the wood to weather and gray naturally. This kind of stain is not durable so it has to be reapplied at least once or twice a year. Though clear stains contain water repellant that protects wood from moisture it does not prevent ultraviolet rays from damaging the wooden deck.
2. Solid Stains - These penetrates on top of the deck surface and covers the grain the same as paint. This type of stain is prone to peeling, chipping, and cracking.
3. Semi-Transparent Stains - Offer a subtle yet strong color appearance. It gives the most protection and covers the wood surface completely.
Periodic deck staining does not only improves its appearance but also prevents sun damage and reduces moisture. Regular staining stops water from seeping into the deck.
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