This post was updated on January 30, 2023
Deck Staining Sealing Tips 2023
We appreciate your input here at Deckstainhelp.com as we continue to expand our content and serve as your go-to source for the latest deck restoration news and trending topics through 2023. In this updated article, we provide some tips for the best way to stain and seal your wood deck. As always, make sure you read the directions, as they vary from brand to brand. Feel free to leave a comment below.
Deck Staining and Sealing Instructions and How To Tips for Best Results
The instructions for staining and sealing a deck will vary from product to product. It’s always best to follow the manufacturer’s suggested application instructions for the best results. There are however some basic tips and techniques that will aid in staining and sealing with any deck protection product.
With a new deck stain or sealer application, it is important to remember that the product needs to penetrate the wood for optimal protection. The wood should be cleaned thoroughly prior to any type of application. Any old existing deck stain or sealer also needs to be removed from the wood prior to a new coat.
With most wood cleaning or stain removal products, it is necessary to apply a wood deck brightener to correct the pH level of the wood. Once the wood is allowed to dry for a few days then it is ready to be stained or sealed.
As previously stated, it is important to follow the deck stain label instructions before beginning. Generally speaking most deck stains and sealers can be applied using a brush, roller, stain pad, pump, or airless sprayer.
The most common mistake made is to over apply the deck stain or sealer. When stain puddles up and is allowed to dry it will leave an inconsistent shiny look on the surface.
These puddles of over-applied stain will eventually begin to crack, peel, and flake off the wood jeopardizing the wood’s appearance and integrity. Once the wood stain or sealer soaks into the wood wipe or back brush any excessive puddles, drips, or runs to prevent over application. Only apply as much stain as the wood will soak up.
Another unwanted occurrence when it comes to deck staining and sealing instructions is leaving lap marks. This occurs when you stop and start staining in the middle of a board during application. To avoid lap marks continue applying stain to an entire board once you have started. Then move to the next board and coat it entirely from one end to the other before moving on to the next board and so on.
Following these basic deck staining and sealing instructions will give your deck better protection and a better overall finish.
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