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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 the 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.

Restore A Deck Stain After Prep

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our deck immediately after damp wood application

Restore A Deck Stain Damp Wood Application

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Rowland Gaines
Rowland Gaines
1 year ago

I bought an older home with a wood deck that appears to have never been taken care of. The wood seems to be solid and I had it power washed and let it dry for several days. I coated it with 2 coats of Super Deck solid stain. Looked really good the first year, but now I think I am in real trouble. It started to peel this spring as the weather turned warm. I had a couple of contractors look at it and they said that it could be power washed strong enough to remove most of the stain that was coming off. Not so good results there at all. They tried to use a paint remover, that worked somewhat but left a lot of areas untouched. The latest thing was to sand it down, but that did not work out so good either as the stain kept clogging up the sandpaper. I noticed that the wood appeared dry where the stain had been removed, but when I peeled the stain from a different spot the wood was damp under the stain. The deck gets a southern exposure and is in direct sunlight most of the time. Not sure why the wood is damp under the stain, but I am thinking that is part of the problem. I do not want to be negative to the Super Deck, as a similar deck that has a UV canopy above it looks as good as the day I finished it 5 years ago. That area needs a little touch up but traffic being what it is a little touch up annually is normal. I do not think that Super Deck is the answer for problem area at all. Not so sure what to do there, it is a real mess now. My game plan is to scrape and sand it until all of the stain has been removed and we are back to the wood again. That will probably take me the better part of the summer, but then, what do I put on it? Thanks for any suggestions you might have to offer.

Mark
Mark
2 years ago

Hi
I’ve recent laid flooring using red cedar, what stain do you recommend to use to bring out the true colour?

Angela Waterford
Angela Waterford
2 years ago

One of my house’s decks has damp wood, and the stain is starting to leach. Thanks for suggesting that I should prep the wood surface with the right prep products to make sure that it adheres correctly. I think I’ll hire someone to restore the look of my deck as well so I can make sure that it’s going to be good.

TimT
TimT
2 years ago

RAD= Restore-A-Deck brand?

TimT
TimT
2 years ago

Thank you.

Suzwhah
Suzwhah
2 years ago

Sherwin Williams has a semi trans stain that states it can be applied to damp wood. Any experience with this product? I am fighting the weather, every day I think I am ready and it’s starts a rain again. I need to sand and stain soon.

Katherine
Katherine
2 years ago

Is Thompson and ready seal good staining brands?

Cris Santiago
Cris Santiago
3 years ago

I built a farmhouse dining table. Made of Douglas Fir. The wood is damp not kiln dried. Can I stain and which is the best stain, oil base or water base

Cris Santiago
Cris Santiago
3 years ago

It’s an inside table

Cris Santiago
Cris Santiago
3 years ago

Very strange….you would think that if it’s good for exterior it would be even better for interior since there is no UV or moisture. But thank you anyway.

TimT
TimT
2 years ago

For surfaces that food is in contact with, shouldn’t it be a food grade stain or oil?

Karen
Karen
2 months ago

Materials contain chemicals for outdoor use that are not good to use indoors…I have read…

Josh
Josh
3 years ago

What stain is used in the above picture?

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