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Temperature Range for Applying Deck Stain

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There is no uncertainty that weather has a huge impact on applying a deck stain. A number of factors can help or hurt when it comes to staining a deck. Rain for one is a very big factor. Not only can rain delay and deck staining project, it can also ruin a freshly stained deck if it rains before the stain has time to dry. But there is another factor that may not be as common.

The temperature range for applying deck stain is just as crucial. Although the suggested temperature ranges for applying deck stain gives a lot more room for error, it can still come into play. Applying deck stain when temperatures are too cold can affect the curing process of the stain. Applying deck stain when temperatures are too hot can cause the stain to evaporate and dry too quickly. In both cases, the stain’s performance can be jeopardized.

The suggested temperature range for applying deck stain is on average 45-95 degrees Fahrenheit. When deck stain is applied in cooler temperatures, in early spring or late fall for example, the curing process of the stain can be hindered. Even if temperatures drop to below suggested ranges, and especially close to freezing, days after you have applied stain it can still affect it negatively.

When deck stain is applied during extremely hot temperatures the stain can dry too quickly before it penetrates the wood properly. Besides the air temperature on extremely hot days, the wood surface can be very hot as well. You should never apply deck stain on a steamy hot day and especially in full sun. This is not only dangerous for the one doing the work, but the stain’s performance can be at risk. To be safe apply deck stain in temperature ranges of 45-95 degrees so you’ll get a beautiful long lasting finish.

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4 responses to “Temperature Range for Applying Deck Stain”

  1. Donna says:

    in hot temperatures this product should not be used according to this article. At what temperature of heat is the question.

    • Donna, I do not understand your question. This article is not about a certain brand, but deck stains in general. It also suggests a temperature range in the article.

  2. Judy Rogge says:

    You recommend 45-90 degree weather for stain drying but warn about temperatures affecting the wood at a later date. How many days should we look ahead before staining? I am wondering if week later temps of below 45 would affect the stain.

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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.