It Rained Shortly After Staining. What to do? 4.8/5 (231)

This post was updated on May 2, 2022

It Rained Shortly After Staining my Deck

We continue to appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below if it rained on your deck shortly after the stain was applied. Any pictures of your deck stain project will help.


It is best to never stain any exterior wood when inclement weather is forecasted, especially rain. Most deck stain brands will warn against the application of their product within 12-24 hours of rain being forecast. But as we all know sometimes the weather is not so predictable. So what do you do if it does rain shortly after staining?

You cannot do much until it stops raining once it starts. After the rain has passed and the deck has dried take a closer look. It really depends on how hard it rained and for how long. A light drizzle most likely won’t hurt anything but a good downpour can be a different story. The type and brand of stain can make a difference as well. Some stains can handle rain shortly after being applied better than others.

Look for little pockets, blotches, or white spots normally the size of a dime. Any of these can indicate some damage from the rain. Read the instructions on the stain can for recoating or adding a second coat. Once you are within the time frame recommended for a second coat try applying stain in an inconspicuous spot to see if it fixes the rain damage.

If a light recoat does not fix the problem you can also try using a mix of wood cleaner and a pressure washer to see if you can wash the spots out without harming the stain. Or you can try lightly sanding the rain spots and recoating. Care must be taken though not to over apply the stain as this can cause other issues like flaking and peeling. If you are unable to fix the problem with washing or sanding and recoating, you may have to strip off the stain with a deck stain stripper and start over again.

Note on Help with Rain on your Deck Stain

-Before asking a question if rain harmed your deck, wait until the rain stops and the water fully dries off the deck or wood. Make sure to post pictures.


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Nicholas
Nicholas
13 hours ago

Hi! What an amazing resource! Thank you so much!

We stained our new cedar deck a few days ago with Olympic Semi Transparent Semi Solid Atlas Cedar Oil Stain and it rained about 12 hours after… we attempted to tarp and dry the rain as it happened… then it rained again about 12 hours after that…

Now that it’s dry it looks like there are some dry spots near the knots in the wood… do you think I should apply another coat of the stain?

Thanks!

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Karin
Karin
5 days ago

Hi, First, thank you for your article. I’ve waited till the rain dried off the deck before asking my questions. I painted using Cabot solid stain over semi- transparent which was applied 2 years ago to a deck which had been left untreated for 3 years (the deck is about 5 years old). I stained in the evening when the sun was not on the deck, weather was in the 80s, paint had just been mixed at Lowe’s, deck was properly power washed and dried, and no product was applied to the deck surface before staining. Within 2 hours of staining the deck it began to downpour. (the weather app said no rain) It rained hard for 15 minutes (as we ran around in horror trying to tarp the deck LOL). This morning the deck was wet and paint could be scratched loose with a fingernail. After baking in the 90 degree sun I tested again at 1PM. It is now very solid paint, dry to the touch, but slightly tacky if I leave my hand on the hot deck for a minute, and appears to have no bubbles or flaws. My questions; How do I know it’s fine or needs to be stripped? Am I able to apply a second coat over Cabot solid stain because the wood soaked in the first coat as fast as I could roll or hand paint it and the surface shows small splits. The pictures are from 1:00 today, they show the edge of the stain that was painted last (I’d run out of stain) and the deck’s entire surface. Thank you so much for your help.

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Karin
Karin
5 days ago

Wow! Thank you for your quick response. Guess I dodged a huge problem.

Kelly Stokes
Kelly Stokes
11 days ago

We had a contractor stain our new cedar deck and he used Sherwin-Williams semi-transparent Super Deck with two coats. It’s been more than 24 hours (more like 36) and it rained this morning and now lighter areas are showing where some of the puddles were. Photos attached. Also there are marks on the steps where our dogs go up and down the steps. What should we do now?

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Kelly Stokes
Kelly Stokes
10 days ago

Thank you. After the rain the sun came out and the deck dried. The spots appear to be gone but of course not the marks on the steps. We’re debating putting treads on the steps.

Dan Butler
Dan Butler
23 days ago

I used Cabot semi solid stain on my deck yesterday with rain in the forecast for tonight. It started raining this morning and now it’s going to rain all day. When I touch the wood it’s like the stain is wet again. Is there anything I can do?

Mace Matthew Colodny
Mace Matthew Colodny
21 days ago

Same happened to me…
ANY SUGGESTIONS ???

Kim O
Kim O
24 days ago

What is the best stain/sealer for my newly built white pine shed? I’m get overwhelmed with all the information I’m reading

Rich
Rich
27 days ago

I used Cabot correct deck stain 1st coat and it looks like it’s going to rain after 6 hours of drying time. Should I cover it with a tarp or just leave it alone

Dan L
Dan L
27 days ago

i have treated my deck of old boards with cleaner and water sealer. The i added a stain sealer on top, and it is looking good -unchanged after heavy rain. will the stain color last?

Deborah
Deborah
1 month ago

My can of stain got water in it sitting on the porch is it still good??

Carla Coon
Carla Coon
1 month ago

Our deck is Huge over 600sf not including the front porch deck and one by a pond. I have been successfully maintaining it for thirty years with CWF-UV recoating every 2-3 years. Whether they changed the formula (I suspect they did) or wether it just could not take any more stain, it needed to be stripped and sanded. It has been a grueling job for one woman with a power washer, a belt and palm sanders. I used Sherwin Williams Super Deck in semi-solid. We live in upstate NY and our area gets a lot of rain. It’s been a dance coordinating last coat sanding and putting down finish I can tell you! The job has been done in sections. Due to the windows of weather opportunities between rains and needing the boards dried before sanding, I could only manage one coat on each section. It should have had 2. Can even tell it needs 2. It just couldn’t happen not even in the week.
My question is can I safely do a second light coat in the fall four months later? Will it adhere or will it just sit on top and flake. I’m so afraid of the latter. This is my first time using a semi-solid.

Derrell
Derrell
1 month ago

I applied first coat to all of my wood yesterday and it looks great so far…its been about 17hrs drying but this morning it was still a little oily. I was planning to apply the 2nd coat of stain sealer today but now itsraining. My wood boards are underneathmy deck and was getting wet so i wiped them with a cloth and propted them up so rain could run down and not rest on. Is this ok? And when will i be able to apply 2nd coat?.

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Ruth Leuenberger
Ruth Leuenberger
1 month ago

Handyman used messmers oil for ipe deck. He said it would rain the next day but wouldn’t be a Problem. Rainingvhsrd 12 hours later. Deck seems to have oil mixing with the rain. Will deck need to be redone? He also did not wait half an hour to wipe off excess in some places he just coated and wiped is this a problem?

Louise
Louise
1 month ago

Had deck stained just over 24 hours ago. Will chlorine affect the color of used on gutters?

Kitty Couch
Kitty Couch
1 month ago

If I keep the porch wet can I clean my house around it with water & bleach? Will it effect it right away or will it take days to show up? Thanks so much I never thought this would be a problem till someone said you can’t get bleach on stain decks…

Pattie Lessel
Pattie Lessel
2 months ago

My deck has milky places all over it after the first rain after staining
It was several days so I don’t know what could have caused it
Please help

Cher
Cher
8 months ago

This was posted as an answer to question. This is not the right answer. They asked about a porch that has a roof.

Barbara
Barbara
8 months ago

How can we cleaned a stained deck

Barbara
Barbara
8 months ago

Will hit the deck work on a stained deck with black mould on it

Michael Lanich
Michael Lanich
8 months ago

So I cleaned and brightened my deck but the last week has had some random light showers, so I haven’t had the 72 minimum window to let the deck dry, stain and cure before more rain comes.

I was wondering whether I could get some plastic sheeting to cover the deck and rails when I know it’s going to rain so that the deck doesn’t get soaked again and I can uncover it when it’s nice enough to allow it to continue drying or even start staining if it’s already dry at that point?

s.g
s.g
9 months ago

Hi,

Deck stain was applied yesterday. As it’s drying, I am noticing the following:

1. some lines in a portion of the deck
2. some fuzzies and white residue – these came about during the prep, but I expected them to be gone after staining

(The person applying the stain did walk across a couple of times holding a rag wet from water, or holding the paint tray/brush with stain in it . A push mop with a rag tied around it with a string at each end was also used to wipe the floor of any excess stain. Not sure if any of this might be related)

My questions:

1. Any idea why the lines are there and how to fix it?
2. What to do about the fuzzies and white residue – Will this go away on its own in a few weeks?

Thank you.

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s.g
s.g
9 months ago

Hi,

1. There was actually a grill there with wheels that they moved, so that would make perfect sense. I might need to ask them to sand that section and re-stain there, will that work?

2. Could you please clarify your second response – what does not go away, the fuzzies or the white residue/spots around the knots? What caused this and how do I fix it?

Thank you

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Catherine McLeod
Catherine McLeod
9 months ago

We stained our covered deck with oil based stain. It became very foggy and had tons of moisture on it. It dried in some areas but is super “shiny” in others and seems sticky still in the shiny areas. It’s now been 5 days of nice weather. What do we do….. thanks for your help!!

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Catherine McLeod
Catherine McLeod
9 months ago

Is there a mineral spirits product you would recommend?

Catherine McLeod
Catherine McLeod
9 months ago

Mineral spirits didn’t work. Some parts are still “sticky” and shiny. What’s next ? Do I have to sand it? Could I put a clear sealing coat over the whole thing and then it will all just be shiny : )

Corrie Ariens
Corrie Ariens
9 months ago

Oh and I do plan to use one of your recommended brands when we redo next spring. Unfortunately I came across your website after the fact! Oh well! Lesson learned!!

Corrie Ariens
Corrie Ariens
9 months ago

We live in western Washington state and applied Australian Timber Oil to our deck that has not been maintained since being built about 14 years ago. We cleaned it and pressure washed it first and allowed it to dry. Of course it rained that night. The sections under the roof seemed to fair okay and are dry but the sections that got rained on are still kinda tacky. Even after drying all the way. When it rained really hard over the weekend the water seemed to seep into the stain and it created a yellow kinda film on the top that I could scrape off with my finger nail. Is there anything I can do to get rid of the sticky parts to keep excess dirt and grime from collecting over the winter? I know this is most likely a start over in the spring situation but it’d be nice if it wasn’t sticky all winter. Thanks for any advice. I’ll attach pics of the dry deck. The lighter spots are where the yellow film forms when it’s wet.

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Shannon
Shannon
9 months ago

Hello, similar story to others here: I think unexpected rain might have messed up the deck seal we applied. Either that or I was a bit heavy handed in applying the deck seal.

It’s a new deck and we used Behr transparent deck seal. It rained maybe 6-8 hours after we sealed the deck. It was overnight so I couldn’t tell how hard it rained but there was water pooled on the deck the next morning.

Question is: should we pressure wash and re seal it or is it okay for the upcoming winter? What do you recommend?

Shannon
Shannon
9 months ago

Sorry I thought the pictures were loaded! Here they are.

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Shannon
Shannon
9 months ago

Notice in some areas the colour is more saturated and shiny despite it feeling completely dry.

Maud O'Leary
Maud O'Leary
9 months ago

It rained very heavy and persistent the next day after my first water based staining. When can I apply the recommended second coat.?

Doris Swansson
Doris Swansson
10 months ago

Hi Support Team

I painted my garden boxes, inside and outside with Pure 100% Linseed oil and it rained 12 hours later. A real down pour all day. It looks like the rain has washed of most of the oil. When I started we were not expecting rain for four or five days so am really upset that I have wasted my time and money in painting the boxes with oil. So what happens now.? Do I have to wait for them to dry to recoat.? The stain was applied to garden boxes not decking so is the procedure the same as decking..

Doris Swansson
Doris Swansson
10 months ago

I live in Australia so not familiar with the TWP or Armstrong Clark stains. As they are garden boxes and I will be planting vegie and herb plants in them, so are these stains food safe or will they leach into the soil and contaminate whatever plants are sown in them. I am new to garden boxes so not sure what to use to waterproof the inside of the boxes. Have read that Linseed or tung oil is best for this purpose any info would be gratefully appreciated.

April
April
10 months ago

Had a contractor come out to stain my decks and fence. He used Thompson’s Water Seal on the fence and Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil on the decks. Started to rain as he was finishing up and now have some white bubbly patches on fence and decks looks unevenly stained. Does he need to come back out to reapply?

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April
April
10 months ago

Like, restain everything all over again?

April
April
10 months ago

Oh, no.😓 Thanks for your help @ Deck Stain Help!

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Megan
Megan
10 months ago

I power washed & “sealed” this table with Thompson’s Water Seal (oil based/clear). The first week the table looked fantastic. Then we had a hard rain about 3 weeks after staining and now have water spots. How can this be fixed?

B4 sealing, We power washed the table & let it dry >4 days. Water seeped into the wood, no beading.

Waited for dry days at 70-80 degrees to apply stain. Applied one coat and let it dry in shade 3 days(73 hours).

We started using the table. Water beaded on surface and it looked perfect.

Now, 3 weeks post stain, had a heavy rain a couple days ago. The table ow has water spots all through the water sealer.

What happened? How do we fix this?

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Lori
Lori
11 months ago

What do I do? Here’s pic of white blotches and some still wet after 24 hrs.

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Lori
Lori
11 months ago

Thank goodness it’s on the railings. I will do that (pressure wash then recoat). Thanks for your quick reply. Truly appreciated 😊

Phil
Phil
11 months ago

Here is the pic

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Phil
Phil
11 months ago

Can anyone suggest a remedy for this…this is the second coat of Cabot deck correct and it rained 10 after applying.

Eamon
Eamon
1 year ago

I put a clear ‘no nonsense’ water based stain on my decking. After being caught out with rain shortly after the decking has left a cloudy / milky look in certain areas. Would another coat fix this?

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Jackie Tileston
Jackie Tileston
1 year ago

I put down a Thermory kiln dried spruce deck, and am ready to coat it with their Cutek wood protecting oil. The Cutek says not to use if wood contains more than 17% moisture, but I don’t have a gauge, and really need to do it today. It rained day before yesterday ( a midnight torrent), was dry yesterday and today (sunny) – do you think I’m good to go? (No rain in the forecast now). Thanks!

Debbie Potter
Debbie Potter
1 year ago

I started staining my deck rails and spindles today. Using Cabot solid color acrylic stain and sealant. Finished up for the day at 6pm. And theres a chance of rain after midnight. Should I be worried? Seems to be drying fast. Thank you

Bob Daffer
Bob Daffer
1 year ago
  1. Contractors cleaned and re-stained our deck with Sherwin Williams SuperDeck semi-transparent oil based stain. It rained about 4 hours later, a quick downpour, and then cleared up. The water sitting on the deck made the area under it look pinkish when the sun hits it (first picture) but looks perfectly fine when dry (third picture). I waited a full day (recommendations on the can say not to apply within 24hrs of rain) after and put some more water on the area and got the same pinkish look under the sun, but the wet deck out of the sun (second picture) looks normal . The contractor has agreed to come back and sand and refinish if we want, but I am wondering if that is necessary if the deck looks good when dry.
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Leanne grisold
Leanne grisold
1 year ago

I oiled our new deck last month with Intergrain universal timber oil. It rained the next day about 9 hours after. There were patches after the water dried.
I sanded it back when we had a few good sunny days and reoiled. It still has patches and now has white marks on some boards. See pictures attached. We are in Australia and weather is cool

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Leanne Grisold
Leanne Grisold
1 year ago

Is the best way to sand it back again to remove the stain or is there something else.

Lynette Borror
Lynette Borror
1 year ago

I looked on my weather app and it stated no rain for the next 7 days. I started staining a pine deck that is 6 months old. It started raining and I am so upset! I am using a solid stain from Behr. I am at a loss as what to do now. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Marc Hall
Marc Hall
1 year ago

I stained my deck two years ago and there was some rain spots on it after it dried. How can I remove these water droplets? I am getting ready to resand my deck and would like any suggestions as to how to fix this problem. Thank you

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Marc Hall
Marc Hall
1 year ago

We stained our deck about 2 years ago. I think there was some dew that formed overnight and it has since added to the rainspots on the deck. Please look at the pictures and let me know if there is anything we can do? Or any suggestions before I apply another new coat of stain to the deck? Will restaining it make it go away?

Edna Bourgoin
Edna Bourgoin
1 year ago

Would using fans to help dry the freshly stained deck with unexpected rain help to keep stain from being displaced

Dennis Reasner
Dennis Reasner
1 year ago

How long after staining a fence will it be affected by rain?

We wanted to have the Pergola painted tomorrow wit
We wanted to have the Pergola painted tomorrow wit
1 year ago

We wanted to have the Pergola painted tomorrow with the sealer stain and sealer product and it’s supposed to rain on Tuesday I’m wondering if that is enough time in between to paint the Pergola without any damage

Jon
Jon
1 year ago

I used SW Super Deck IR reflective semi solid stain on my boat dock. It came a downpour about 4 hours after applying. There are a few bare spots now and the rain didnt bead up like i thought it should. The bare spots dont concern me terribly as I can touch those up but shouldn’t the rain bead on Semi solid stains???

Theron Rutledge
Theron Rutledge
1 year ago

What is the best brand of stain to use on your wood to protect it from the rain

Lucas
Lucas
1 year ago

It rained 2 hours after finishing applying the final coat.
Product used was Intergrain DWD

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Aldo
Aldo
1 year ago

I’m in Northern California and the long, dry summer just came to an end before getting to a new project using Sansin Stain. There is forecasted about a week of clear weather after a few days of rain. But the morning dew can leave everything pretty wet. I’m wondering if its alright to stain the projects, or try to reschedule for spring

Leon
Leon
1 year ago

Forgot to attach photos for the below post

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Leon
Leon
1 year ago

We stained our back steps yesterday and according to the weather report were clear for rain within the 8 hour window the stain requires before it’s waterproof. However a huge thunderstorm storm came in just as we were packing up last night.

I tried to put a tarp over it as best I could, given the situation, loud swearing and cursing the sky was involved, but a lot of water still got in.

We used Olympic Maximum semi-transparent stain + sealant.

Some parts are still tacky 22 hours later. Should I try and get covered again before the next rain tonight or is the damage done and I shouldn’t bother? Will it get worse if it gets wet again at this stage?

Once the rain has left am I able to repair the damage or do I need to start again?

We may not have idea weather again until spring will it be protected with what’s on it now for winter?

Thanks for your help.

Bill H
Bill H
1 year ago

Hello – Our deck is 12 years old, treated pine. The first time we stained the deck a few weeks ago, we first used Behr Wood Stain and Finish Stripper using a wire brush. Then we used Behr All In One cleaner to clean the deck. After 24 hours of drying we stained the deck using Behr Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain and Sealer. We did not realize it at the time but within 12-24 hours we had a weekend of rain (not hard) from a tropical storm. The stain was peeling up in several places after the weekend of rain to our disappointment, and to further add insult, we ended up really not liking the color. We were most concerned about the peeling, so we ended up using Behr Wood Stain and Finish Stripper and the wire brush again to completely scrape the new stain off the deck. We did not use the All in Once Cleaner this time because we figured we had just used it and the wood should be clean. It certainly looked clean, cleaner than the first time. We let the deck dry for a few days this time then applied a different color of Behr Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain and Sealer a little over a week ago. It had over 24 hours to all dry before rain. It rained this past weekend and the stain started immediately started peeling up. You could walk out on the deck during the rain and you could literally smear it with your feet. The attached pictures show what it looks like now after it’s dried for a few days. Seems to be getting worse. Do you know what most likely happened and what we should do? Thank you for your help!

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Tracey J Wilson
Tracey J Wilson
1 year ago

Boy you are not kidding! We used Behr premium deck over on our south facing deck a few years ago, and it ruined the deck! Most boards are now rotted because the deck over got little holes on the surface that trapped water underneath, it’s awful!!! We have now cleaned, sanded, and filled much of the damaged wood and we’ll be priming and painting the deck with Kilz porch deck and floor paint.

Rob
Rob
1 year ago

Light rain started just as we finished applying Pittsburgh Ultra Advanced Semi-Transparent to our cedar deck. Now it looks like this. What should we do?

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Michelle Murphy
Michelle Murphy
1 year ago

We stained our Deck starting at 4:00pm yesterday (Friday) because we finally got a break in our weather and had 5 days prior for our wood deck to dry out. It looked good last night but this morning the deck looks horrible because we have so much to dew. We live in Washington state and it is moist this time if year. Over the past couple months we tried to strip the paint using Smart Strip which was not successful, and we have sanded and pressure washed multiple times to prep. We used Sherwin-Williams Super Deck paint with a an anti mildew additive last night (m-1 advanced mildew treatment). I have attached our weather forecast as well. Any suggestions? Wait untill spring to put on a second coat or put a second coat on Sunday?

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Omey
Omey
1 year ago

Hello. Five days ago we had our deck and boardwalk stained with a sprayer and then it started raining 3 hours later. It has rained intermittently since then. Water seems to be pooling on both for long periods. Please see photos attached and advise whether to re-stain.

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Omey
Omey
1 year ago

Water has dried off. Here are new photos. Thanks.

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Omey
Omey
1 year ago

The water has dried off. Here are new photos. Thanks.

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Omey
Omey
1 year ago
Reply to  Omey

The water has dried off and here are new photos. Thanks.

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