Deck Stain is Too Dark  5/5 (1)

This post was updated on February 23, 2024

Why Deck stain is too dark?

Deck stain can come out too dark when you overapply the stain. The deck stain may also have trouble drying properly or curing fully if you used too much stain. The only way to fix a deck stained too dark is to remove and reapply the stain. Prep is very important for reapplying the stain in a way that will not be too dark. Staining the deck evenly is important for ensuring the deck stain isn’t too dark a second time.

Note: Some deck stains darken over time. Notably Penofin Stains and Super Deck Stains.

Why did my deck stain turn black?

How do I prep to reapply the stain when deck stain is too dark?

Start by applying a deck stain stripper, then power wash the deck to clean it. Let the deck dry fully for at least 24 hours, then go back and spot sand any spots that need some additional care. You will not be able to remove all of the solid stain from the deck, but the goal is to remove as much as possible without heavy sanding.

More information on how to prep to reapply deck stain

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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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