This post was updated on January 30, 2023
Best Stain Applicators – Brushes and Pads
Welcome to Deckstainhelp.com, your source for industry insights and tips for the perfect deck stain project execution. Having the right tools is so important for a successful stain job, so we list our recommendations for the best stain application brushes and pads to get the job done right in 2023. We want to hear from you. What are your favorite application brushes and pads for deck stain and why? Leave us a comment below.
As with any wood staining project using the right tools is essential to achieving good results. There are many different types of stain applicators. Several tools can even be combined to get the desired result. Let us look at some of the more common stain applicator tools.
A basic white china bristle brush is always a good bet. A big 4 or 6-inch brush can hold a lot of stain for large areas. A brush is also good for getting into hard to reach places and for edging. Use a brush on the whole staining project or use it to cut in before tackling the larger areas.
Exterior Deck Stain Pads Are Best
For large areas like a deck floor or handrail tops, a stain pad can be a great tool. With absorbent fibers that hold plenty of stain you get more coverage. An easy-to-use handle allows for a neater application and easier cleanup. Replacement pads are also available. As contractors, we like stain pad applicators the best. This allows us to work the stain deep into the wood grain. They come in many different sizes. We use small 7-10″ pads for applying to verticals and 12-18″ floor pads for staining horizontal floors.
A Truck Brush can be used for applying to horizontal floors. Does drip a lot though. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stains sells one of these.
A brush can be used to get into the cracks but for better efficiency, you may want to try a crack and groove applicator tool. This unique narrow tool allows you to stain hard to reach areas like between deck and fence boards.
Pump Deck Sprayer
For spraying cleaners, sealers, and stains a high-quality pump sprayer can’t be beaten. A pump sprayer can really cut your staining time down and give you a nice even finish. Once the job is done simply clean the sprayer out so it is ready to use the next time. A great method is to use a brush to cut in then hit the large areas with a stain sprayer. We like to lightly apply a first coat of the stain with a pump sprayer, then apply the second coat with a large flooring stain pad.
Using the right tools for any job is crucial especially when it comes to applying wood stains. Become more efficient and get better results by trying any combination of these stain applicator tools on your next project.
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As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites.
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