When to Stain a New Deck: How Long Should You Wait? 5/5 (38)

This post was updated on May 3, 2022

Every spring, we get hundreds of questions about when to stain a new deck, wood fence, or exterior of a wood home. This is the second most popular question on DeckStainHelp.com, so we decided to create an updated and comprehensive guide to staining a new deck, including some of the best stain brands and types of deck stains to use on your new wood. But as always, if you still have questions, we’re here to help! Just post a comment below and we’d be glad to assist you.

How Long Should you Wait to Stain a New Deck

How Long Should you Wait to Stain a New Deck

Should I Stain New Decking?

Yes. Staining your deck will help to protect the wood from the elements. However, it’s important to know when to stain a new deck to ensure that the stain absorbs properly.

How Long Should You Wait Before You Stain a New Deck?

New rough sawn cedar wood

New rough sawn cedar wood

The best time to stain a deck will depend on the type of wood that your deck is made of.

  • If your deck was made with new, smooth wood, you’ll need to wait at least three months before staining your deck.
  • Rough-sawn wood can be stained right away, as long as it is clean and the wood is dry. If you are unsure if you have rough-sawn wood, post a picture in the comment area with some basic info about your project and we’ll help you figure it out.
  • Kiln-dried wood and KDAT wood will need one to two months before you can stain it.

Weathering and Your New Wood Deck: Why Wait to Stain a Deck?

Almost all new exterior wood will need to be weathered before you apply deck stain. Many homeowners believe that you weather the wood to reduce the moisture content of the wood, but while this is important, it’s not the main reason you will need to weather the deck. The porosity of the wood is the main concern: Fresh wood needs time to become porous enough to allow the stain to soak into the wood. If the stain can’t soak in properly, it will dry on top of the wood, leading to premature failure of the stain.

What Happens if You Stain a Deck Too Soon?

If you try to stain new wood too soon, the stain won’t take. The wood needs to be porous so that the stain can soak in and reflect the color that you chose. If the stain doesn’t take, the color will fade in the sun and wash out in the rain.

What Happens if You Stain Pressure-Treated Wood Too Soon?

Like other types of wood, you can’t stain pressure-treated wood too soon. If you do, you will lose the stain, and your deck won’t be the color you were hoping for. Even if the stain doesn’t wash off, it can dry on blotchy, and you won’t be happy with the result. The same applies to Cedar and Redwood Decks.

When Should You Not Stain a Deck?

Don’t stain a deck when it’s wet or damp. The best time to stain a deck is after it’s properly weathered and when it’s completely dry.

Tips for Staining a New Deck

These new deck staining tips will work for all wooden exteriors, such as decks, cedar-framed homes, log cabins, wood fences, and other structures.

Prep the Wood for Staining

After the weathering process, it’s vital that you prep the wood. When wood is left exposed to sunlight, the UV radiation will turn the wood slightly gray or white. This oxidation of the wood will need to be removed. The new smooth wood may also have a mill glaze on it that will need to come off. Using a good deck cleaner will remove the mill glaze, oxidation, and dirt. After this step, follow up with an exterior wood brightener. We like the Restore-A-Deck cleaner/brightener kits for this prep.

Do You Need to Sand the Wood?

Do not sand new wood unless you need to remove the “wood fuzzies.” If the wood has raised fibers after prepping that make it look furry, sand with 60-to-80-grit paper, then use the brightener after the sanding to help open the wood’s pores. Rinse well with a pressure washer when done.

Follow Up With Another Coat

Be prepared to apply a maintenance coat of your preferred product to your newly stained deck in 12 to 18 months. The first time staining new wood typically does not last as long as the second or subsequent coatings.

Expert-Recommended Deck Stain Brands for New Decks

Armstrong-Clark Wood Stains

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain RatingArmstrong-Clark deck stains can be used on new wood and deck materials such as pressure-treated pine, cedar, fir, IPE, and exotic hardwoods.

  • Months to Weather New Wood Before Using: Two to three months for transparent and semi-transparent colors; 12 months for semi-solid colors
  • Number of Coats Needed for New Wood: One coat
  • Consumer Star Rating: 4.4/5 (59)
  • DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 8.5/10

Restore-A-Deck Wood Stains

Restore A Deck Wood Stain ReviewRestore-A-Deck wood stain can be applied to dry or damp wood. It can be used on new wood and deck materials such as pressure-treated pine, cedar, fir, IPE, and exotic hardwoods.

  • Months to Weather New Wood Before Using: Three months for both semi-transparent and solid stain colors
  • Number of Coats Needed for New Wood: One coat
  • Consumer Star Rating: 4.7/5 (45)
  • DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 8.625/10

TWP 100 Pro Series Stains

TWP 100 Deck Stain RatingsTWP 100 Pro Series stains are only allowed in 35 states; use TWP 1500 stain if you’re in a low-VOC state. TWP 100 Pro Series stain can be used on new wood and deck materials including pressure-treated pine, and cedar.

  • Months to Weather New Wood Before Using: Four to 12 months
  • Number of Coats Needed for New Wood: One coat
  • Consumer Star Rating: 4.5/5 (40)
  • DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 8.69/10

How to Stain a New Wood Deck, Step-by-Step

Questions? Let Us Help

If you still have questions about when to stain a new deck and how to go about it, please ask below and we’d be glad to assist you.

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John D Saylor
John D Saylor
6 days ago

I am about to stain my previously unstained deck following your advice. After reading all the Q & A I have the following question: Next year when I go to put on the next coat, I understand I will need to prep. Is there a difference between the prep required prior to recoating a water based product (RAD) vs recoating an oil based product (TWP)?

Eric E
Eric E
10 days ago

Great site. thanks for all your answers. New deck boards – pressure treated. Yesterday applied Flood CWF-UV penatrating wood finish, Cedar, with a brush. Though it looked good applying, we now have visible overlap marks. See pictures. Is the only way stripping it and starting over?

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Sabrina
Sabrina
16 days ago

I have one month old rough milled cedar that is currently stickered that I am about to use for my deck. I read on your sight that rough sawn can be treated without weathering first. Do you recommend treating it before building the deck or after and what product?

HIne
HIne
19 days ago

Hi there! Is there any way to stain during wet season – perhaps under cover or using some heater?

I’m in New Zealand where we’ve just started winter. Deck was installed summer (late Dec). I really want to stain it ASAP but our winter is currently very wet and very unpredictable. It’s a south facing deck so no direct sun to dry fast so will need at least 2 days for it to dry which will be months before we get that

LuAnne
LuAnne
21 days ago

We live in Minnesota and have snowy winters and our deck gets shoveled often. Our old deck never took stain well. Over the years, we started with redwood semi transparent stains, then went to a solid stain and that has worn off. We decided to remove the deck boards, flip them over, ran the bottom side through a planer and sanded the old stain and mildew off the edges in order to start over with fresh wood. Our railings are still a solid redwood color, as I believe they would be difficult to strip.

Do I need to do any prep before I stain the new side of the boards or can I put an oil based stain directly on it? They are clean. After reading reviews of several stains, I am hesitant to use any of them in fear of this happening again. I am considering leaving it natural but am wondering what clear product I can use to help it from turning gray or is it just a bad idea to use clear? What is your opinion of the Penofin penetrating oil finish product for this application?

LuAnne
LuAnne
17 days ago

I assumed the old wood would be weathered already after all these years and hate to see it turn gray by fall. Is it just to fresh to stain right away? It seems damp and takes on moisture easily now that it’s been planed and takes a while to dry after it rains since it is on the north side of the house. Do you recommend the water based RAD stain instead of oil based stain on this deck? Anything I could use that would keep this natural look? Thank you.

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LuAnne
LuAnne
16 days ago

I guess I don’t want graying, so will probably choose a TWP 100 pro series semi transparent oil base stain. To prep this bare wood, should I use both the RAD cleaner and brightener kit or do I only need to brighten it since it was run through a planer? Thank you for your quick replies to my questions.

Tom
Tom
23 days ago

In New York, is it ok to install new pressure treated decking in the summer or fall and then wait until spring, after the winter, to stain? Will this cause any undesirable issues? Thank you!

Mark
Mark
24 days ago

I stained some new cedar fence boards with Cabot’s semi-transparent oil stain, it soaked in well and even and I’m happy with color, but it’s dry and kind of flat looking. Is there an oil or other type of topcoat I could use to give it more depth? Maybe Thompson’s waterseal? I’ve tried searching but keep finding conflicting info. Thanks!

Tammy Parrish
Tammy Parrish
25 days ago

We had a deck built in March using treated decking boards. We are in southwest Missouri. It gets full sun in the afternoon. The boards had turned very light so I assumed it was ok to stain. I think I screwed up. It is uneven looking and blotchy in areas. Is there a way I can fix that without sanding it all back down?

Julie T
Julie T
27 days ago

Hoping you can offer some advice on a brand new Ipe deck that was just installed. My contractor over applied the penofin red label and now the deck is all sticky, and dirt and pollen is embedded in the finish. They used mineral spirits (on a test patch) and while it helped somewhat with the sticky finish, dirt is still not coming off the deck. Is there an option for a top coat over the penofin that will make for a smoother finish that won’t absorb dirt? Or is this purely a function of over application, and is there something other than mineral spirits that can help?

Jeff
Jeff
28 days ago

We just replaced our 28 year old deck boards with kiln dried boards. These boards are beautiful, but have markings on them that resemble stripes. I understand that this is where small slats have been placed between the boards during the drying process (?). Will these eventually go away? We love the natural look of the wood and wanted to use nothing more than a semi-translucent stain, but are afraid these stripes will still be visible. Any help or suggestions are certainly appreciated.

Jeff
Jeff
28 days ago

Thanks for the quick reply, Scott. The install was two weeks ago. About how long should we wait to allow the wood to weather? We live in Asheville, NC, and summer temps range from upper 70s to low 90s on occasion. I really appreciate your help.

Jeff
Jeff
28 days ago

Thanks, Scott! I appreciate your help.

Debbie
Debbie
1 month ago

Unfortunately I did not do my research before having a new cedar deck installed in April (Eugene, OR) After installation we had almost a month of rain. Tried to keep deck covered and uncovered on sunny days, but mostly covered for 3 weeks. Water did get under tarp in areas and at least one board looked gray. Other boards had dried water stains. Contractor this week sanded water stained areas and then stained with PPG proluxe SED wood finish transparent matte, cedar 077 (no prep) It’s a mess. Any advice would be appreciated. Will try to attach picture.

Debbie
Debbie
30 days ago

What’s best for removal? Is the PPG proluxe SRD transparent matte cedar ok with boards with lots of knots?

Debbie
Debbie
29 days ago

When the deck is wet it is ok looking with ALL the knots (I’ve been told they will fall out within 5 years😡) when dry it’s horrible. Light areas around every knot, blotchy, shiny areas.

Debbie
Debbie
29 days ago

Pictures finally attached

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Debbie
Debbie
28 days ago

So are you saying this “normal look” is not from letting the new deck weather before staining? If that is the case, don’t see a reason to strip, weather and redo in 2-3 months, if it will look the same. Right?

Debbie
Debbie
28 days ago

Thank you for your time and advice. Will just live with it until next year. Will look for a large outdoor rug🤨

Shirley Scoular
Shirley Scoular
1 month ago

I’m trying to figure out the best time of year to replace my existing timber deck with new timber. I’m aware that once the new timber is insitu, it’s best to wait around 6 months for it to weather, before applying an oil or stain. But, here’s my question! Is it best to replace the timber in March, let it weather for around 6 months, then apply an oil or stain in September/October OR is it best to replace the timber in July/August, wait 6-9 months over winter, then apply an oil or stain in May/June. If neither of these are ideal, then please let me know what is.

Many thanks

Shirley Scoular
Shirley Scoular
1 month ago

Brilliant, thanks for that!

David
David
1 month ago

We built a new 20 x 16 cedar deck. Wood is western red cedar. First winter in Southern Ontario weathered perfect with two coats of Cutek. Wood was dry and completely sanded prior to two coats. After the second winter, tannins or mold showed up badly on most boards except for 10 boards under the overhang of the house. Cutek suggested using their Proclean product and then power washing it off. Didn’t work without hard scrubbing and then didn’t fully remove the tannins. So then I completely stripped the decking with an orbital sander (80 grit). The pergola posts and upper boards didn’t have this problem at all. Going to put Cutek back on. Question. Should I do this right away or leave it for awhile or even next year. Or any other suggestion. Thanks

Brent
Brent
1 month ago

My new deck railings are pressure treated pine with aluminum balusters. I want to clean the wood prior to staining but am concerned that the cleaner may damage the balusters. Can anyone recommend a product that will remove mill glaze but not damage aluminum?

B Lammers
B Lammers
1 month ago

Pics as requested

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B Lammers
B Lammers
1 month ago

Thank You for your quick response, much appreciated.

Terri
Terri
1 month ago

Is there a way to tell if your wood is ready to be stained?

mark hayek
mark hayek
1 month ago

having a covered deck , porch, built now, using pressure-t- wood. will weathering be 3-6 months on posts, as well as decking ? decking is mostly covered, but hot summers with torrential rainstorms in NC are common. can i prevent cracks in decking ?

Sandy Storer
Sandy Storer
1 month ago

I will be staining a new cedar railing at a lake house in Maine. Shade to dappled shade most of the day, but intense sun late afternoon. Wind driven rain when it comes across the lake. Last deck had issues with mildew/mold and was done with Sikkens Cetol SRD. Looking for a suggestion for the best product now. Thinking oil based, penetrating, but not sure how to choose! Messmers? Armstrong Clark? The railing is mostly cedar frame with hogwire square mesh inserts so not a lot of wood, but not terribly easy to sand or clean going forward. Deck is composite. Thanks.

Chris fife
Chris fife
1 month ago

Built deck in 2020 with PT pine and have not done anything to it yet. We live in Michigan. What steps are recommended to stain? Will I need to sand deck or just use restore a deck cleaner and brightened kit?

B Teal
B Teal
1 month ago

My new 16 x 24 red cedar greenhouse kit has been stored indoors, out of sunlight, for 5 months. Does this count as ‘weathering’ time or does new wood need to weather outside before being stained?

Darlene
Darlene
1 month ago

I have new cedar wood balcony. I have no prior experience with staining. Based on your review, I bought Restore-a-deck kit (Dark Walnut) and waited 3-months. Today I was going to stain and noticed my new wood has several long cracks from weathering. I did an internet search and many posts say you need to stain new wood ASAP to avoid weather cracking. Cracks cannot be fixed. I then read the label on Restore-a-Deck and it says- New wood: weather for 3-6 months…”For oily wood types such as cedar or redwood, we recommend allowing the wood to weather for 1-year to improve penetration.” If I wait a year my new deck would be in splinters from Texas heat. I feel mislead.

Darlene
Darlene
21 days ago

Maybe Restore-a-Deck is not for a novice. I waited 3-months to stain cedar. I followed the directions, used Restore-a-deck cleaner, then restore-a-deck brightener. The cleaner was washing up some small amount of gummy sap from wood, then I rinsed, The brighter became slightly foamy and opened up wood fibers making wood rough, soaked in for 15 minutes. I rinsed well. The next day wood is dry, so I stained it Dark Walnut. I think the chemicals made the wood absorb more in some areas and not in other. The deck is a blotchy mess and not the deep dark color I expected. I think all the chemicals ruined my wood. The product says not to paint a second coat. But it is not dark color.

My neighbor gave me Ready Seal to sample on my scrap cedar wood. Simple, easy without color gain if you go over an area and the wood did not get blotchy. Water beads up on the wood nicely. The color was not a deep dark walnut I expected. I plan on sanding my deck and stain with Ready Seal next year. I will not use the Restore-a-deck chemicals. Ready Seal is oil based and Restore-A-deck is water based. Will this be a problem?

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Don C Hampton
Don C Hampton
1 month ago

I want to build a picnic table top from 2 x 4 redwood that has been outside exposed to Kansas weather for several years. I’d love to return it to it’s original fresh cut color and preserve that. What do you recommend for prep and what products ?

Ben
Ben
1 month ago

I scrubbed and cleaned our deck for the purposes of staining this spring but had to replace just a few boards. Should I stain like I planned and wait to stain the new boards or wait to stain the entire deck this fall? Deck is about 600 sq feet and I replaced 5 boards in random places. Thanks!

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Carla Coon
Carla Coon
1 month ago
Reply to  Ben

Personally, I’d stain but dodge the new boards and then begin their stain next year. If you stain using a brush, it’s easy to do just one board. Pressure treated has all kinds of chems that need to dry out and if you stain too soon, you’ll be fighting those new boards the rest of the life of the deck. I’m a rule folllower. Wait the year for those few boards.

John
John
1 month ago

I have new PT neck installed 10 months ago. Would like it to be fairly dark gray.
Prefer oil based but could be talked into WB if persuaded. Looking for proper product.

Dan Mendenhall
Dan Mendenhall
1 month ago

Hello. Thanks for helping out. I have a 60 foot dock made of pressure treated pine. It is 4 years old and has been treated once before and it’s time for a redo. Here in Mi it’s exposed year around in the worse conditions. How do you suggest I first prep the dock, and what product to you recommend?
thank you.

pamann616@gmail.com
pamann616@gmail.com
1 month ago

Hi, I am having a 6×8 covered front porch and a 12×22 covered back deck added to my manufactured house next week. I had planned to pre-stain all the lumber before construction began, but after reading your articles, I see that I need to wait 4-12 months to let the lumbar weather. I still have a couple questions.
1) My floor and steps are being made out of trex, so it will just be the posts, rails and underneath of the floor and the roof that show through the 2×8 rafters. The underneath roof will be T111 to look like boards rather than plywood. Do I need to wait to paint those also?
2) I want to use a semi-solid stain and have it tinted to match my house and trim colors. Do you know if either of your recommended stains are tintable?
3) I live in Heber AZ 85928. If I cannot find either of your recommended stains or they are not tintable, what do you think of Behr or Valspar if they come in semi-solid oil or solid oil that is tintable?
4) I believe my builder is using a combination of douglas fir, pressure treated lumber, and laminated beams. If I use a semi-solid stain, are they all going to come out a different color?
Thanks so much,
Pam Barrett

Joaneen
Joaneen
1 month ago

After reading your reviews, I still not sure which stain…. TWP ,Armstrong or Defy is right for my project.
Location is Vermont. New deck is Pressure treated pine. Ready to stain when 3 months old. Deck is in full sun ( when we have it)
Lots if cold weather, snow and rain
THANKS for the help

Alex Choi
Alex Choi
2 months ago

I have a new deck installed in November 2021. The wood is pressure treated lumber from Home Depot. It is now April and when I pour water on it, water still beads up not getting into the wood after 6 months, including 3 months of winter. I live in Georgia with mild winter with no snow and ice. Should I continue to wait? Another question is: if I apply an oil based stain like Armstrong Clark Wood Stain to my new deck, can I switch to a water-based stain 2-3 years later? Thanks

Bradley Ingels
Bradley Ingels
2 months ago

Pressure treated deck boards

Do you consider these “new,smooth boards” or “rough sawn”?

Thank you.

Eileen Marshall
Eileen Marshall
2 months ago

I had a new dock and deck completed on February 8, 2022. I live in Florida and both are in sunlight all day long. We will begin getting afternoon rain any day now for the next 5 months. Should I stain immediately or wait; which stain will serve me best?
Help! Running out of time to do the work!
Thank you
Eileen

Julie
Julie
2 months ago

A friend of mine just bought a house in January of 2022 and the deck was built November of 2022, and she would like me to stain it for her.
Even though it is past the 3-4 month mark, being that it was built in the winter, should I wait longer to complete this project, and will I still need to clean it and use a brighter?
Thank you!

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Taylor
Taylor
2 months ago

We have waited 12 months to stain our new deck. We want to stain this weekend since there is finally no rain in the forecast, and highs in the high 50s/low 60s. If overnight temps drop into the high 30s will that damage the stain while drying? Do we need to wait for warmer temps? Also, how long after the prep (cleaning and brightening) does the wood have to dry before applying the stain?

Junior
Junior
2 months ago

Does using bleach open the pours of the wood

Leigh Aparicio
Leigh Aparicio
2 months ago

I had a new porch floor installed last August. It is pressure treated pine. Stain was applied in October (semi-transparent water-based), but the painters did not apply it correctly and it looked terrible, full of lap marks and dots that were due to roller application. Their “fix” was to sand it down to bare wood. I just found your site this morning, so I realize that might not have been the best option, but that’s where we are today. My question is do I need to wait an additional 3 months to apply stain since they sanded it down to bare wood or can I go ahead and stain right away?

JBR
JBR
2 months ago

We replaced our deck with PT wood last May. We will stain this spring. Since contractors here are unfamiliar with both Defy and Deck Restore products, which is better, easier for a first-time user to apply properly. Also the deck gets SW afternoon sun and we are on a small lake and have high humidity here in Virginia.

Wendy Garnett
Wendy Garnett
3 months ago

Oops! I goofed. My mother had a redwood deck built for her about 5 months ago. I was going to finish it for her, and the first thing I did was sand 3/4 of the deck. Then I checked out your site, I found out it was a no-no. So it’s been weathering, and my mom thinks it’s ready to put a transparent finish on. My question is, should I continue sanding where I left off, so it is all even? Or should I just clean it, brighten it and go on from there? I also bought a vat of Penofin, which I am no longer going to use, thanks to your website. Any recommendations for transparent finish for redwood? Thank you so much for any information, I’m so glad I found this website!

Wendy Garnett
Wendy Garnett
3 months ago

thanks so much. this is another area where I goofed- I’m not positive what grit I used, although I believe it was a finer paper- maybe 120. use same grit, or something meatier, perhaps? obviously, I’m a babe in the woods, but am taking notes now! thanks for your patience… And I will certainly go with the Armstrong Clark.

dan Voorhees
dan Voorhees
4 months ago

hello. I just purchased a redwood package to build a pergola. I have no idea how old the lumber is. I purchased it at Home Depot. I have sanded the boards with 80 grit to clean them up. I live in central AZ. At the present time, the lumber is in my garage since we have had rainy weather. How long before I can stain it? thank you

John
John
6 months ago

I build pressure treated smooth wood deck just off back patio door gets about 2-4 hours of sunlight a day. Deck completed in mid June 21’. It’s now early December, have not stained yet due to work travel. Winter coming in Indiana. Is it ok to wait til spring/early summer next year 22’ to apply first stain? Or is there anything I need to do before winter. Temps still low 50 day, but freezing at night. Thanks

Victoria
Victoria
7 months ago

Hi
I had a deck built around May, around July or August it should have been stained. Is it to late or wait until spring. I live in Atlanta

Marilyn
Marilyn
7 months ago

I am wanting to stain vertical cedar beams (not a deck). This new cedar has sat for 7 months outside in Phoenix. Sap is still oozing from some of the beams. Some of the sap is dry and some of it is soft and a little sticky. What do I need to do re the sap in order to prep the wood? Can I stain now?

John
John
7 months ago

We live in the Northeast – Albany area – which gets a lot of snow. It’s early November and just had a cedar deck installed. The contractor said we could stain the deck now since the wood is kiln dried and we are having weather in the 60s. Is that true? Or to protect it, should we apply a clear and stain next spring?

Wayne
Wayne
7 months ago

I have purchased 10 gallons of TWP 100 to stain a prepped cedar deck but the weather and work have delayed the application of the stain. Will the stain itself still be good in the Spring if I have to wait intil then to complete the project?

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Janet
Janet
8 months ago

I am having 3 large redwood decks built around my house as we speak… the foundation is down and my contractor is staining the boards before attaching them … I see that it should weather for 3 or 4 months before staining. Will this ruin my redwood?

Janet
Janet
8 months ago

My contractor said the redwood was kiln dried and does not need to weather… can this be true?
Thank you

Damon
Damon
8 months ago

Hello! 😃 We are currently having a 500sq ft deck installed using douglas fir, untreated on the surface boards. It’s raining as they install it and within a month or so there could be snow and/or more rain. When should we apply stain? There are so many differing thoughts and I’m just so confused. We can do it immediately. Or we can wait till late spring after the wood dries out from a wet winter. Please help! 😀

Yoram
Yoram
8 months ago

I finally finished building a redwood deck (480 sqft ft). I live in the foothills of the Sierras in CA, 2200 ft elevation with very hot summer (110F) and some snow in winter. My redwood top boards were installed in January 2020. I just finished yesterday prepping with Restore-a-Deck cleaner and brightener. Now I’m in rain season. I won’t have 48 hrs to let it dry before and after staining. Weather forecast keep changing. What is more risky? To wait another 6 months, which means 15-16 months without stain, or to stain now in between rainy days? I’m leaning toward waiting, but it looks so clean and ready now…and I’m worried about damage to the wood.

Peter S
Peter S
8 months ago

Just got a brand new deck installed this past summer. We plan to stain it in the spring time next year, but will anything bad happen to the deck after one full winter season of it not being protected?

Peter S
Peter S
8 months ago

Could you elaborate on “fine” please? Like what exactly won’t go wrong?

Mary Harris
Mary Harris
8 months ago

Is there something that I can put on the ramp over the mold /mildew because I am a 77 yr old lady that would easier to get it sealed.

Mary Harris
Mary Harris
8 months ago

We had a wheel chair ramp built in 2019 and were told to wait to seal the wood after it seasoned out but didn’t tell us how long to wait to seal now I have some mold/mildew on it now what do I need to get ready to seal the ramp and what to use .

Bob
Bob
8 months ago

Here is a photo of the deck in Brunswick Maine

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Bob
Bob
8 months ago

Pressure treated wood deck, Brunswick Maine, built one year ago. It has not been cleaned, sealed or stained. I want to use ready seal pecan. I am confused as to what cleaner to use. I don’t know the type of wood it is. Should I wait until spring or do this now? What kind of cleaner should I use? First time doing something like this.

Thanks much,

Bob

David
David
8 months ago

Great site. I live in Massachusetts and in June had a 12×37 ft deck using pressure treated pine. it’s been 3 months and I was hoping to stain in early October. However the water beading process is taking about 30 min. Do I wait another few weeks or wait till April?