How to Stain a Covered Wood Porch  4.4/5 (8)

This post was updated on May 1, 2024

Staining a Covered Wood Porch Tips

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Covered wood porches add a lot of curb appeal to your home. They also provide a nice outdoor living space out of the sun and rain. The entrance to your home is the first thing guests see so keeping it maintained is important. Covered wood porches do not take as much abuse from the weather because the roof protects them. But they still need to be waterproofed for them to last many years.

To stain a covered wood porch you will first need to clean the wood. Using a wood cleaner and a pressure washer is a great way to prep the wood prior to staining. Follow the directions on the wood cleaner and be careful not to use excessive pressure so the wood is not damaged. If you do not have access to a pressure washer you can also use a soft scrub brush and garden hose. Let the wood cleaner loosen all the contaminants then wash it away. For covered wood porches that have an old stain on them use a wood stripper. This will loosen the existing stain and make it easier to remove.
Once the wood is clean apply a wood brightener. This neutralizes the wood cleaner and helps open the pores of the wood to accept new stain. The end result will be a more attractive long-lasting finish. Once the brightener is applied to the covered wood porch rinse it well with fresh water and allow the wood to dry for a day or two.

On a clean dry covered wood porch, you can begin applying a new stain. Start in a small area and work your way towards the entrance of the porch. To prevent lap marks in the stain, start on one end of a board and coat the entire board before starting a new one. Brush or wipe away any excess stain that does not soak into the wood within 10 minutes or so. Leaving drips and/or puddles of excess stain on the wood can result in a blotchy appearance. It can also lead to flaking and peeling issues once the stain cures. A good rule of thumb is to apply only as much stain as the covered wood porch will absorb. Maintenance should be done every couple of years.

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As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites. All the products he suggests through this site are sold through online sites and in retail stores, allowing the consumer to choose their own means of purchase. Scott’s eCommerce sites do sell many top brands he endorses and if you appreciate any of the help he has offered then feel free to purchase from one of them.

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Jon Hartnett
Jon Hartnett
3 years ago

I have a inside screen porch ceiling that needs redoing i used wood pride2900-7600 natural cedar ICI solventborne oil base exterior & cant find what can i use as a replacement? Thanka for your help.

6 years ago

Installed tongue and groove southern yellow pine on a covered porch to replace the old t&g flooring. How long should I wait before staining. Have had several hard rains and the untreated wood is starting to cup in places. What stain is best for this app. oil base or water base. This is covered porch is on a 100 plus years farmhouse. Thanks you for any advice on how I should proceed

8 years ago

Ipe screen porch shows water spots. Is there some type of sealer that will prevent this.
Sikens stain applied last year is being sanded off.Thanks

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