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How To Spray A Deck Stain

How To Spray A Deck Stain

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How to Spray a Deck Stain properly and evenly.

We here at DeckStainHelp.com hear a lot about different methods and tools people use to stain their decks. Luckily, there are options so you don’t have to be tied down and committed to staining your deck any certain way. One way to apply stain onto your deck is by using a low-pressure pump sprayer. We hear positive results from people who use a sprayer to stain their decks from its ease of use. Best of all, if you use a sprayer and follow these directions, you can complete your deck stain project in as little as two hours.

Here’s how to do it.

Please note: Read all the manufacturer’s directions before you begin. This is a general guide to stain using a transparent or semi-transparent stain, but manufacturer directions override any discrepancies. In many cases, an Airless Sprayer or HVLP Sprayer will work with these steps and most stain brands. When spraying, wide fan tips are best. Avoid “cone” spray patterns. Some additional Deck Stain Pads, Brushes, and Tools can be found on that link.

Steps To Spray Your Deck Stain

  1. Mix stain thoroughly. Add stain to a paint tray and a pump sprayer. Take caution to avoid spillage and clean spills quickly.
  2. Start with wood railings first. If you do not have any railings, move on to #8. Cover outside surrounding areas such as concrete, grass, and shrubs with a large Poly Tarp(s). Tarp below deck if a raised deck.
  3. Hang a canvas tarp (9×12) 4 feet on one side, 4 feet on the opposite side, and 12 feet along the railings. The tarp is used as a backdrop for overspray.
  4. Apply the stain using the sprayer to one side of the railing, lifting one end of the canvas tarp. The opposite side of the canvas tarp will catch the overspray. Walk around to the opposite side and repeat this process, applying the stain on both sides. Make sure to get the outside edge of deck floor as well. Note: Keep Sprayer pressurized fully for even spray pattern
  5. Slide the canvas tarp down the railing and adjust the poly tarp if needed to match on the outside/below. Immediately back wipe excess stain on the section just completed that may have dripped on the floor using a brush or stain pads.
  6. Wipe any drips on the completed railing section using a brush or stain pad and scan the area for missed spots. Apply a second coat if needed to the top of the railings with the brush/pad. Check over the completed section for drips, missed spots, etc. before moving on to the next section of railings.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 around the railings until you reach the opposite side. Check once more for drips or missed spots.
  8. Move on to flooring. Slowly edge out flooring (1-2 feet) that butts up to the house using a staggered line. Use a stain pad or brush for this process.
  9. Lightly saturate remainder of flooring using the pump sprayer. Be careful to not spray on house!
  10. Apply a second coat evenly to the flooring using the pad or brush. Use caution to only apply as much as the wood will take, as overapplying will lead to premature stain failure.
  11. If applicable, move on to stairs repeating the above steps.
  12. Very Important! Promptly dispose of rags and tarps by following the manufacturer’s directions. Most manufacturers suggest soaking any oily rags/tarps in water and lay flat to dry outside. Do not leave materials in tight balls or inside garages, trash cans, or homes as this could be a fire hazard if using an oil-based stain.

Have you used a low-pressure pump sprayer to stain your deck? We want to hear about your projects. Feel free to leave us any comments, questions, or feedback in the comments section below.

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David Dedo
David Dedo
1 month ago

I have a Behr solid color stain. I have used a hand-pump sprayer before with this but I’ve learned it’s not recommended. Should I use it again or switch to a roller (for the floors) and brush (for rails, etc.)?

Brian
Brian
3 months ago

Is there any deck sealer which will withstand or prevent mold
regrowth? I would clean, use sealer and then stain over sealer..

Ethan
Ethan
9 months ago

Hello – for 180′ of mixed privacy + regular picket fence, I’m looking at Ready seal (garden pump sprayer) or Armstrong Clark. For AC, would the unit in the link below work? Are there any garden sprayers that work with AC? Brush/pad would take too long for a weekend or two.

Ethan
Ethan
9 months ago

Thanks for the quick and helpful response. So rolling/brushing is the best option for AC Stain then?

Saundra
Saundra
7 months ago

Many thanx for this info. Tried using a HVLP gun…..no bueno!! Going to do lattice spraying.

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Translucent stain twobug sprayers later it didn’t
10 months ago

I have sprayed my fence before with the bug sprayer it took me two hours this year I bought a semi Translucent stain to bug sprayers later it didn’t work got a deck sprayer with five different flows and I still can’t get it to come out right it’s a mess what am I doing wrong is it because it’s semi-translucent please help

Translucent stain twobug sprayers later it didn’t
Translucent stain twobug sprayers later it didn’t
10 months ago

So what do I look for on the stain can in a semi transparent?

Barbara
Barbara
6 months ago

Expert Stain & Seal semi-transparent. Color: Pecan. Will it spray well? Please give me the names of a few sprayers I can research and choose from. Barbara

Sam b
Sam b
1 year ago

How do you open it to add more?

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Can I thin Thompson’s similar transparent so it will work in a sprayer?
If yes….than what do I thin it with?

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

Can solid stain be used in a sprayer? And where to get info on sprayer ratings for semi and solid stains?

Diana J.
Diana J.
2 years ago

I’ve been trying to spray ReadySeal stain with a hand-pump Chapin sprayer, and, as one other person mentioned, it’s not coming out as a spray but thick droplets and using way way way too much. Any advice on how to remedy this?

James Reagan
James Reagan
2 years ago

How is the best way to clean out a pump up sprayer after you use it to spray stain or decking oil ?

Timothy Kopaceski
Timothy Kopaceski
2 years ago

I am gonna be staining a wood deck and patio furniture with a garden sprayer what is the best oil base stain to get that will give it a slight cedar color look to match the other deck.

Scott K
Scott K
2 years ago

We recently purchased Sherwin Williams SuperDeck waterborne deck stain. We thought we could apply it with a hand pump sprayer and it didn’t work. It would only come out in a thick single line vs a nice, even spray coat. I checked the sprayer with water to make sure it was functioning and it was. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Dee Clutter
Dee Clutter
2 years ago

Ok so please advise on the best sealant that works in a pump sprayer… i’ve heard that Thompson’s is too thick as well. It just took me weeks to seal (transparent) 187 wood spindles with a brush and i’m hoping next use to use a pump sprayer (just for spindles, railing tops and floorboards, the pad application works well). Thanks!

DanS
DanS
2 years ago

Having decided to use Armstrong Clark semi-solid stain, I’m trying to decide on the best way to apply it. I have 3 decks to stain so applying with a pad isn’t very appealing. I was wondering if I could use an airless sprayer with the semi-solid stain. There are several models that are between $60 and $110; I’d rather not spend more than that even though I’d use it for other jobs. A good hand-pump sprayer is about $45 so an inexpensive electric airless might be worth a relatively small amount more, especially if it saves significant time. On the other hand, the need to frequently refill the small cups hold might offset any gain in application time. Your thoughts, please.

Thanks.

DanS
DanS
2 years ago

Thank you.

Jonathan
Jonathan
3 years ago

Can I clean a pressure-treated swing set with RAD Cleaner and Brightener Kit and use RAD solid stain for protection? We are in south Florida where it gets a lot of sun, heat, and humidity. Will a gallon of stain be sufficient?

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Gary
Gary
3 years ago

Can I use solid stain in a deck sprayer.

Aaron
Aaron
4 years ago

Does not emphasize the need for back brushing?

Tim
Tim
4 years ago

Hi! I’m planning on using the spray method to stain a new cedar deck for the first time. (After waiting about 8 months for the wood to dry) I’ll be using TWP 100 series, after reading your reviews. But I have black aluminum balusters. Do I need to tape these, or will the oil based stain wipe off without any issues?

Also, is there a pump sprayer that you recommend?

Thanks!

stan
stan
4 years ago

Hello, what does the canvas tarp do? Doesn’t it get in the way and stick to the stain?

stan
stan
4 years ago

Thanks. What deck stain pads to do you suggest?

Martha
Martha
4 years ago

Any other alternatives. These are hard to find

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