How to Apply a Deck Stain Evenly
There are many factors to consider when applying a stain to a wooden deck. The methods can vary slightly but there are some critical steps and tips that can help in getting professional like results.
Choose Your Deck Stain Wisely
The type and brand of deck stain you use will obviously affect the outcome. Some deck stains are harder to apply while others are more user-friendly and geared towards the do-it-yourselfer. By doing some research you can choose a deck stain that is easy to apply and leaves little to no overlap marks. Water-based stains typically dry more quickly and leave more overlap and brush marks than a slower drying oil based deck stain that would apply more evenly.
Work In Small Areas
When applying deck stain, it is best to work in small areas. A great method is to stain only one or two boards at a time. Start with one board and coat it as far as it spans across the deck before jumping back and starting on the next one. This helps eliminate lap marks and provides a much evener coat.
When applying deck stain with a sprayer or roller, you do not always get the most even look. Go back after you have stained a small area and back brush the stain with a good stain brush. This will even out the deck stain and give you a more professional looking appearance. Be careful not to over apply the deck stain. Not only can this give you an inconsistent look, it can cause drying and curing problems. Once the wood stain has had a chance to soak in, back brush or use a stain rag to wipe any excess wood stain that might have dripped or left a puddle.
Following these tips for applying a deck stain evenly can be a little more time consuming, but the extra effort will certainly give you a more even deck stain finish and better results in the end.
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