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This post was updated on January 15, 2024

Deck Staining Tips 2024

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The Best Deck Staining Tips

After a wood deck has been cleaned properly and allowed to dry, it’s time to apply a quality deck stain. Protecting the wood from damaging sun rays and moisture is vitally important to the life of the deck. Staining a wood deck can be a DIY job but there are some guidelines to follow.

A common mistake is to over-apply a stain. In terms of deck stain, more is not always better. Be sure to read the directions on the stain can before starting. In most cases, one or two coats of deck stain should be applied. Deck stain is different than paint – it shouldn’t be applied thick. Also different than paint, deck stain penetrates the wood as opposed to sitting on top of the surface. The wood will only absorb so much deck stain. Applying too much leaves the stain on the surface that results in an inconsistent appearance. The extra stain will also harden and begin to crack and flake off in only a few short months.

It’s recommended to use a roller or stain pad to push the stain into the wood. Any excess deck stain that puddles up or remains on the surface should be back brushed or wiped with a clean rag. Once the stain has penetrated and filled the wood pours it cannot absorb anymore stain. If a second coat is recommended, it’s important to let the first coat sit for the suggested amount of time before applying the second. All deck stains are different so be sure to follow the directions.

Be sure to use the proper material to clean up with. Soap and water for water-based stains and mineral spirits for oil-based. Wipe any unwanted stain splashes or drips from siding and other surfaces right away. Allowing the deck stain to dry on unwanted surfaces will make it much harder to remove.

Once the deck is stained, be sure to check the drying time on the label. Water-based deck stains will dry faster than oil-based stains. Don’t walk on the wood until it’s cured for the proper amount of time. Normally there is a suggested amount of dry time before handling light traffic and longer dry times before you should replace furnishings and other heavy items.

Getting more life out of your wood deck isn’t hard as long as you keep the wood protected. Cleaning and refinishing your deck every couple of years will increase its longevity and years of use.


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Ben
Ben
3 years ago

I stained my deck with Flood Pro Series Solid stain. It needs another coat but there’s rain in the forecast late tomorrow. Should I just let it rain, then put the second coat on after it’s dry? Or will it have cured too much by then for the second coat to absorb/adhere properly?

Jeff Brody
Jeff Brody
6 years ago

I used Behr semi transparent waterproofing stain & sealer. I had to start a 2nd gallon to complete the job and the resulting color is inconsistent with the first..it’s quite apparent. Should there be such disparity in exactly the same product and color from can to can? Any way to fix this? Is there any way to determine if the pigments might have changed at the factory? Thanks.

Ladykleck
Ladykleck
7 years ago

I stained my deck with Behr Semi Transparent Weatherproofing deck stain. Can says 72 hours cure time, do I need to wait that long to walk on it or is that for putting furniture, etc on it?

Kethy
Kethy
8 years ago

Cool tips. Amazing idea

Kathy
Kathy
8 years ago

I stained my deck a couple weeks ago and wanted to give it another coat to make it darker, but it just sits on top and has made bubble marks. How do you get rid of them and even out the stain that is already dry ?

deidre
deidre
9 years ago

How long does redwood decking after dry prior to applying Restore product.

KAP
KAP
11 years ago

I have purchased DEFY Epoxy Deck Stain. The seller of the product said that it could be applied over old water-based stain, once cleaned with power washing, as does the DEFY marketing material on-line. The container says clear DO NOT APPLY over any other product without completing stripping the product from the wood. My contractor reasonably does not want to apply it and have it peel. I am stuck with 5 gallons that the seller will not pay shipping to return. Help, please???

Larry
Larry
11 years ago

Will i get more coverage out my stain if I brush as opposed to rolling? I am using Armstrong Clark semi transparent on a cedar fence and have already gone through 5 gallons and am not even halfway complete! I have stained appx. 1,100 square feet to this point.

Lynn
Lynn
11 years ago

how long do you have to let the deck dry after cleaning before staining? what about after a rainstorm?

Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
11 years ago

I am curious would it be better to use a roller, push pad, or a brush when apply an oil based stain such as a Semi-Transparent Hardwood Stain from Armstrong Clark?

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