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It Rained Shortly After Staining. What to do?

It is best to never stain any exterior wood when inclement weather is forecasted, especially rain. Most deck stain brands will warn against application of their product within 12-24 hours of rain being forecasted. But as we all know sometimes the weather is not so predictable. So what do you do if it does rain shortly after staining?

You cannot do much until it stops raining once it starts. After the rain has passed and the deck has dried take a closer look. It really depends on how hard it rained and for how long. A light drizzle most likely won’t hurt anything but a good downpour can be a different story. The type and brand of stain can make a difference as well. Some stains can handle rain shortly after being applied better than others.

Look for little pockets, blotches, or white spots normally the size of a dime. Any of these can indicate some damage from the rain. Read the instructions on the stain can for recoating or adding a second coat. Once you are within the time frame recommended for a second coat try applying stain in an inconspicuous spot to see if it fixes the rain damage.

If a light recoat does not fix the problem you can also try using a mix of wood cleaner and a pressure washer to see if you can wash the spots out without harming the stain. Or you can try lightly sanding the rain spots and recoating. Care must be taken though not to over apply the stain as this can cause other issues like flaking and peeling. If you are unable to fix the problem with washing or sanding and recoating, you may have to strip off the stain with a deck stain stripper and start over again.

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8 responses to “It Rained Shortly After Staining. What to do?”

  1. Allen McEuin says:

    Ok so I have a large deck and over the weekend we have stained several sections, railing, benches sides. The plan was to finish with the main surface before the oil stain, Olympic Elite Woodland Oils cured as to hide the drips which has worked on sections tested. The deck is double level one over the other and each is 16×31 in size. The rain started more than a day earlier than forecasted. Now I have a week of rain ahead. Should I just let it dry and apply over or powerwash the deck surface again before I try to finish the main surfaces?

    • It really depends on the stain brand you are using. I would check with them for advice as it will vary as the best course of action to take as we have not used that particular stain.

  2. Kristen says:

    Stained deck with a semi transparent stain, 2 coats four hours drying time in between. Then later that night about 6 hours rain started and poured down on the deck. Today the deck is still tacky to the touch. Will it cure or is it damaged now from the rain.

  3. Jeremy says:

    Just used an Olympic stain then neighbors fire dropped ashes all over the deck before completely cured! Tried wiping ashes off to find stains where they were. How can I fix theses areas

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