Updated February 2020
How to Apply Deck Stain to Damp Wood
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Applying a Deck Stain to Damp Wood on the same day as prep? We here at deckstainhelp.com have been receiving inquiries asking how best to apply a deck stain to damp wood. This is a newer concept, as before, stains could only be applied to dry wood that has been prepped with a waiting period of 2-3 days after prep. So far, the only stain that we have tested that can be applied to damp wood is Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain.
Tips for applying stain to damp wood
- Properly prep your wood surface with correct prep products. Prepping is always the key to the stain’s longevity. Any questions on how to prep, please see our extensive articles in the main menu.
- Wait 2-4 hours after the prep to let the wood dry somewhat. The RAD stain can be applied to damp wood but not to visibly soaking wet wood.
- Start with vertical surfaces first, such as railings. Make sure horizontal and other surfaces are
protected from excess paint. After the first coat is complete, apply a light second coat to the top
of the railing only between 20 minutes to 2 hours after the first coat has been applied.
- Repeat this process for all benches or vertical structures.
- Once all vertical surfaces are stained, apply one coat of Restore-A-Deck wood stain to flooring
and horizontal surfaces, ensuring the entire floor is covered.
- Reapply a second light coat 20 minutes to an hour after the first coat has been applied. For new decks, less than a year old, only apply one coat of stain.
Deck after prep showing damp wood but not soaking wet.
Our deck immediately after damp wood application
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