How long for Deck Stain to Dry? 5/5 (1)

This post was updated on January 24, 2024

How long for does it take Deck Stain to Dry?

How long it takes for a deck stain to dry depends on the coating type and the air temperature at the time you apply the deck stain. Oil-based deck stains take 4 to 72 hours to dry to the touch. Water-based deck stains take 2 to 12 hours to dry to the touch. This does not include curing time. Light traffic and a light rain are acceptable once the deck stain is dry to the touch.

Deck Stain Not DryingHow long does it take for deck stain to cure?

Deck stain curing refers to the stain penetrating into the wood fully. Oil-based deck stains cure in about 1 to 7 days. Water-based deck stains cure in about 12 to 14 hours. You should not place furniture or allow heavy traffic on the deck until the stain has fully cured.

How does air temperature affect how long it takes for deck stain to dry?

Air temperature has a big impact on how long it takes for deck stain to dry. Ideally, the temperature should be between 60 and 90 degrees. Temperatures lower than 50 degrees can nearly double the drying time for deck stain. Temperatures higher than 90 degrees will dry the stain too fast before it can penetrate into the wood to protect it.

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