This post was updated on January 18, 2023
Can deck stains be applied with a roller?
Yes, some deck stains can be applied with a roller, but not all. Both oil-based and water-based solid color deck stains can be applied quickly with a roller. Solid deck stains do not allow the wood grain to show through. Using rollers incorrectly can cause splatter, but solid stains don’t show this like other deck stains.
How do you apply other types of deck stains?
There are many other types of deck stains, including:
- semi-solid that allows some wood grain to show through
- semi-transparent deck stains to bring out the natural beauty of the wood
- transparent and clear stains that only protect and seal the wood without changing its appearance
These stains are best applied with deck stain pads or brushes. Other options include pump-up sprayers and specifically designed deck stain applicators.
More information on how to apply deck stain with a roller
- How to apply deck stain to a deck?
- How to Apply Deck Stain
- How to Reapply a Solid Color Deck Stain
- Best Way to Apply a Deck Stain
- How to Apply Deck Stain Evenly
For more info, see our Deck Stain Facts section with over 150 simple Q&A articles that answer all the questions that you have regarding deck staining, cleaning, and prep.
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