Deck Stain Is Not Drying  5/5 (1)

This post was updated on February 23, 2024

Why is my Deck Stain Not Drying?

There are a variety of reasons why your deck stain may not be drying properly. First and foremost you want to consider which type of deck stain you are using. Water-based deck stain may dry as soon as 1-4 hours, while oil-based may take anywhere from 4-24 hours. You want to give enough time to ensure that the stain dries and that it is not exposed to rain or other moisture sources.

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You may also find that if the deck stain is not drying, that you may have overapplied. If you put on a coat that is too thick, this may influence the feel and appearance. If you put on a second coat too soon or didn’t wipe away any excess, these can all be factors in the deck stain not drying. Be sure that you allow ample drying time, that you put on an even coat, and that you do not apply to a deck that is not dry beforehand.

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Scott Paul ~ Restoring Wood & Decks Since 1993 Owner
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. All the products he suggests through this site are sold through online sites and in retail stores, allowing the consumer to choose their own means of purchase. Scott’s eCommerce sites do sell many top brands he endorses and if you appreciate any of the help he has offered then feel free to purchase from one of them.
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