This post was updated on January 25, 2024
Why is deck stain rubbing off?
Deck stain appears to fade and rub off over time, but it shouldn’t rub off right away. If deck stain is rubbing off it could be that you are trying to use it normally before the deck stain has cured. As soon as you notice the deck stain is rubbing away remove everything from the deck, block access from the rest of the household, and allow the deck to cure fully before setting up furniture and allowing foot traffic.
If a deck stain is rubbing off right away and you have not allowed anyone or anything on the deck, it could be that you have used a non-drying deck stain like Ready Seal. Ready Seal is a good option for easy application but takes more coats and tends to rub off or fade within a few days of applying.
More information on deck stain rubbing off
- Ready Seal Wood and Deck Stain Review
- Deck Stain Is Not Drying
- How Long for Deck Stain to Cure and Dry?
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