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How to Stain a Gazebo

Deck Stain GazeboGazebos have become a popular choice in recent years for many homeowners. They can be built from scratch or purchased already built and delivered to your home. Gazebos come in many sizes and designs but most will provide a shaded place to sit and even a bug free zone if they are screened. Like most exterior wood surfaces, a wood gazebo will deteriorate if it is neglected. Harsh UV rays and moisture can cause cracking, splitting, splintering, and graying in a short time.

If you know how to stain a gazebo it is highly recommended to do so. This will not only enhance the natural beauty of the wood but will provide protection so you can enjoy your gazebo for many years to come.

Before starting a gazebo staining project it is vital to have a dirt free surface. Use a wood cleaner, or wood stain stripper if an old failing stain is present, to clean the wood thoroughly. Apply the cleaner to the wood according to the directions then use a stiff brush or pressure washer to remove dirt, grime, and gray wood fibers. If the gazebo has window screens it may be a good idea to remove them prior to washing and staining.

Once you are convinced that the wood is clean, apply a wood brightener while the wood is still wet. This does several things. It will lighten the wood and cause the wood grain to “pop” enhancing the natural beauty. It will also make the wood surface more acidic and open the wood pores for better staining results. After applying the brightener and allowing it to sit on the wood for 10 minutes or so rinse the wood with clean water. Allow the wood gazebo to air dry for a couple of days before applying stain.

Once dry the gazebo is ready for stain. You may know how to stain a gazebo but a few simple guidelines may help. Use a brush, roller, stain pad, or sprayer to apply stain. It is best to work from the top down. Work in small areas or sections. The biggest mistake people make is to over apply the stain. Stain is not like paint. You are not trying to slop as much on as possible. The stain is meant to penetrate the wood. Once you apply some stain watch for it to soak in. Only apply as much stain as the wood will absorb and then wipe away any excess stain. Do not allow excess stain to dry on the wood surface as this can jeopardize the stain’s performance.

Your newly stained gazebo should last several years before the stain will need some attention. Every couple of years lightly wash the wood surface using a cleaner, allow it to dry, then apply a recoat of stain using the same techniques as before. Staining a gazebo and keeping up with maintenance will ensure your gazebo a long life.

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  1. Darlene tallack says:

    Do you recommend water or oil base stain for gazebo?

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*This is first and foremost a help site from our experience as wood restoration contractors. All stain and prepping manufacturer directions were followed with our reviews and ratings. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that wood and deck stain results may differ due to prepping procedures, different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, natural weathering, etc.