It Rained Shortly After Staining. What to do? 4.8/5 (116)

by Deck Stain Help

Updated February 2020

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.


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Amay Patil

We used BEHR PREMIUM Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer . Started around Noon and finished at 1 AM. Its a 2nd level deck (like a balcony). We did stain under the deck as well.

There is Rain forecast starting at 1 PM. Should we cover the deck with Plastic sheeting ? Deck seems dried. It has good exposure to open air and sun since its pretty open on 3 sides.

Cjay
Cjay

We just oiled our deck and then the wind changed, blowing ash onto the deck (from fires burning a long long way from us). Will it affect the finish, or will the oil soak in leaving the ash behind to be washed off?

Ken Connor
Ken Connor

I used cuprinol water repellent wood stain on my fence.Once dried two weeks later I then painted on a Exterior wood varnish.. Trouble was 30 minutes later it decided to Rain. It’s now left a slight gray looking colour and very small pimples on it all.. (Help) What can I do to rectify this awful mess..

Lisa Stevenson
Lisa Stevenson

I stained last week (Benjamin Moore) and it was dry the next day, rained a ton last night and woke up to this. I may try a second coat tomorrow while it’s dry for a few days. It’s a tough time of year with all the leaves! Any advice is appreciated.

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Darin Conn
Darin Conn

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Darin Conn
Darin Conn

Put down ValsparPro clear exterior wood finish on my new cedar deck yesterday (Tuesday) qhile it was overcast, started at 11am finished at 6pm. Says rain proof after 4 hours. Started raining cats and dogs overnight about 2 am this am and all day. Where i started at 11 looks great. But places where I finished have a thick white residue that seems to want to come off with heavy scrubbing. Tried mopping it off and it turns the rain water chalky but doesn’t remove it. Supposed to rain thru tomorrow. Should I do something prior or hope it cures when the sun comes back out Friday? Will upload a pic when the rain lets up. Thanks

Deborah Rieden
Deborah Rieden

While I was completing staining my deck I was surprised by rain – now the forecast raining for the next 3 days – it is 9:30pm about 6 hours after the rain shower and I see a few spots where the stain has washed away.
I’m using valspar one coat exterior stain and sealer solid color.
Any recommendations? Can I restain those spots when everything dries and it stops raining in a few days?
I’m trying to add pictures but it’s saying the files are too big

Deborah Rieden
Deborah Rieden

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Dianr
Dianr

Concrete deck sealer didnt dry before rain fell. Big white streaks now all over help

Dave
Dave

I stained all vertical surfaces on my deck yesterday with Benjamin Moore Semi-Solid. Getting a light rain this AM, ~ 16 hours after the final spindle was painted. When I checked the surfaces this AM they were tacky in spots.

Any ideas on how to best mitigate the rain? Should i attempt to cover the rails/posts with a tarp? Blow dry with a leaf blower? Let nature run its course and assess afterwards?

Joe
Joe

Can you recommend a semi transparent deck stain for a new deck. I see you’re not a fan of Thompsons so I’d like to get a recommendation.. Want to make sure whatever I use does what it’s supposed to do.

Thanks

Diana
Diana

I use Thompson water proof clear stain after 24 hour it rain now it looks like the water is just sitting there what do I do

LAVETA BONNEY
LAVETA BONNEY

if you apply TWP 100 series and dew gets on it the morning will it hurt anything?

Cheryl
Cheryl

So it just sprinkled on my freshly laid deck stain. I could see the white spots. I grabbed my leaf blower and gave the area a good blow dry! Worked like a charm.

Adam
Adam

So I just did my deck. Power washed it yesterday, weather was great. Used your basic deck wash cleaner. Next day I put one coat on the main part of the deck then I worked on the rest. After a 3 hour period I figured I would throw another coat on the floor of my deck. After I got done a dam pop up rain storm showed up. It was a quick shower about 20 mins. Deck still looks great. No issues!

AmberSonne
AmberSonne

3 years ago we had our deck done with Cabot Gold. This year it was in rough shape. Weather was supposed to be clear and sunny for 4 days so I sanded to about 50-60% bare and reapplied. It rained a couple hours after I finished first coat and then rained every afternoon for about 2 weeks. The finish looked pretty good and mostly beads. In the meantime my dogs have been all over the stairs and deck with muddy feet. Weather forecast says warm, breezy and clear for the next couple days. I’m trying to apply a second coat but I can’t get it clean even if I scrub & rinse. I’ve got white cloudy areas. I even toweled it off in my test area, still have clouds and what looks like dirt. I’m sorry for the novel. Should I apply over the top or just call it until next year?

Adina
Adina

I used Shark Skin white stain from Cloverdale paints in Alberta. I prepared the previous painted deck according to instructions as best I could. A lot of the old paint just would not come off even after renting a large orbital sander. So I put down the shark skin primer as they suggested due to age of the deck and old paint left behind. I have a partially covered deck. The covered part looks good (I think) we keep getting rain without even seeing it in the forecast so I painted the covered part and just tried yesterday to do the exposed part. However I finished just before dark. It was dry to touch (after 1hr) then it rained sometime in the night. I’m guessing 3am. It looks wet right now, not beaded but wet. Do you think it might be ok? So frustrating this year trying to plan this deck repair. Every time I sanded it would rain so I would have to wait again for it to dry. Any ideas would be great! Thank you.

Reenie
Reenie

I put a second coat of beauti tone cedar color stain on 48 hrs after the first and it started to rain 6 hrs later. Will my deck be ok?

Josh
Josh

I stained a deck and it looked great at 5pm then it looked great at 10 am then it rained and now there are light spots in circles. Was it the rain and what do I do to fix it

family mansy
family mansy

we used cabot gold mahogany stain and sealer, dried for 6 hours, still tacky, then light rain/mist overnight. woke up to see boards still tacky and has small puddles not quite evaporated in the day on some boards, then heavy shower just happened at 7p tonight -24 hours after staining. what to do? wait to see once it dries? had no rain in forecast, sigh. btw this was our 2nd coat after 2 years from original coat of this same product. we washed, prepped with deck cleaning product, dried, and then applied product. temps are in the 50-70’s

follow up questions
follow up questions

Curious, how did your deck turn out? I have a friend in a similar situation and he is worried about the final result

Heather Mansy
Heather Mansy

The areas where it puddled basically dissolved the stain, down nearly to the wood itself, which is amazing considering it was a 2nd layer on a 2 year old surface. It also looks orange peel texture in some areas. Letting it dry completely today, and then deciding what to do. All non flat areas are fine, just not hard-dry, but they look like they should. I think we only need to repeat the flat areas, and I’m considering testing mineral spirits on a small area to see if I can get the orange peeling off. Then neutralize and recoat.

Carrie
Carrie

Stained our deck with Flood Semi-Opaque Stain in gray. No rain in the forecast. Finished all but 6 boards. Rain out of stain. Had to drive 3 hours to get more. While we were gone, we got 1/2 inch rain on the deck after about 10 hours of drying time. Now it is the next day, and rain is threatening again. There is some standing water on the deck and some white salty looking spots that brush off. Should I try to get the standing water off the deck or leave it alone? Should I try to brush off the “salty” looking spots? How long until I can stain the other six boards? Is it ruined? We have been working on this new deck for over a week, non-stop, and we are very disheartened after all of this back breaking work. Still have to paint trim white. We are wishing we had never heard of building a new deck.

Leslie Lockhart
Leslie Lockhart

I stained my deck with super deck transparent stain cedar and it rained about 2 hours later (light rain). When I woke up I found beads of water on it…the shape of the water bead remains on the deck once water is moved. I swept the whole deck (about 14 hours after first coat) and am wondering if the deck will be ok or if i should restain? Also, did I damage the stain by sweeping with a large room ?

Mary
Mary

I power washed my deck and after fully drying I used Thompson’s solid deck stain. It rained before it cured all the way. It rained all night. I don’t have the white spots you spoke of but I do have spots where I see unstained wood. The Thompson’s can says a second coat must be applied within 4 hours of the first coat. What do I do?

Karen
Karen

I power washed the deck and used deck stain. It said to apply second coat before first coat dries. I missed that window. Deck is dry. Can I add a second coat or just wait a year and resfresh the deck again?

Frank
Frank

My deck and fence look great and repeled water shortly after staining without any harm.You assessment of Thompsons is biased and without merit.Its just not your brand.

Holly
Holly

I had excellent results with a Thompson’s transparent stain. I’m disabled, in my 60s, and I applied it with a brush on a huge, high quality pressure treated lumber deck. It looks absolutely gorgeous. It has rained several times since the application. Only for the first heavy rain did I go out and just lightly go over it with my leaf blower on the areas that had pooled water. There are no “spots”. “Thompsons product worked beautifully and fit into my disability income so someone like me could afford it. I am thrilled with the results and I feel very good about having protected my deck before winter weather. I agree with Frank.

John
John

I have mistakenly used cheap Amazon decking paint on a vast area, some areas have had four coats and the rain has washed it of in spots. The area is a mix of old and new decking and previously painted decking, even the new virgin wood after two coats over 4 dry days scrapes away under foot. Question, can I apply better quality paint over this or should I jet blast the lot away and start again.

Alan Lecuru
Alan Lecuru

What if I apply a second coat after 7 days?

Jeff
Jeff

I stained my deck with Australian timber oil in am I stopped because of hot sun .then I continued after dinner then unexpected rain hit at night .the am stain beaded up the water .the late afternoon stain didn’t bead the rain . What do I do?

Bobbie
Bobbie

I stained my deck with revitalized. 4 hours after We had a pop up storm that produced severe downpours. Now this morning I look and there is white water rings all over the deck. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

Tom Zawerton
Tom Zawerton

We applied Sherwin Williams SuperDeck Waterborne Solid stain to our previously stained deck in the early evening and it looked great until the next morning. It did not rain overnight; however, there was a heavy layer of morning dew the next day. Some areas of the deck looked fine, but others were very uneven and discolored. Those areas looked worse than they did prior to applying the stain. From what I have read, dew should not have such an impact. Does anyone know of other factors that may have caused this? Deck was pepped by pressure washing only. Daytime temp was 70 and 55 overnight. We are hopeful we will not have to strip and start over. Thank you.

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Steve
Steve

Due to my work schedule I can’t start re-staining my deck until late in the day and it will probably be dusk before I can finish. If there is dew accumulation on the deck overnight will it pose the same issues as rain would?

Mason
Mason

What happens if I applied wood prep and it sat for 48 hours, but it rains before I could apply stain?

Rebecca Young
Rebecca Young

I stained my deck yesterday one side I the morning before direct sun and yesterday evening after direct sun using wherein Williams super deck semi transparent water based. The second half of the deck had over 5 hits is drying time before it started to rain. I noticed today that the first half of the deck the water is propelling but not the second half. Both only 1 coat. Why would this be? How can I fix it? I was thinking maybe not enough drying time for the second half and I’m hoping that once the sun comes out and dries the deck it will start propelling. Any thoughts? Thanks

Mark B
Mark B

Deck was stained yesterday, 10 am till 4pm, was dry to touch when I went to bed. Got light rain around 5am, and on & off, and now heavy rain around 2pm. Water seems to beading pretty well, but I’m now starting to see clear white air bubbles in the beading water. Should I squeegee off the beading water so it doesn’t prevent air and continue to try to soak in, or just leave it alone?

Cairo
Cairo

Hello….
So about a week ago I watched the weather religiously and we had two days of no chance of rain whatsoever. Took the day off work and painted our deck with Sherwin Williams SuperDeck semi-transparent. It being the Midwest, it rained about five hours after we got done despite the forecast. Then we had rain on and off for a week, watched the weather religiously again and we were supposed to have Mon/Tues/Weds without chance of rain again, so I did the third coat because where the water pooled and dried previously there were permanent stains. ABOUT EIGHT HOURS after I applied the third coat it started raining AGAIN!!!

We also painted the entire fence yesterday but I’m less worried about that than a deck.

How much up the creek without a paddle am I??? Anyone use SuperDeck and have it rain shortly there after?

Jen
Jen

Same thing just happened to us using the same Superdeck. What did you end up doing?

Stacey B.
Stacey B.

Can you place a plastic covering over sanded deck wood before staining?
The weather this past May (2019) is terrible and it doesn’t appear that I can get 5 days in a row of
dry and sunny weather (3 days for wood to dry and 2 days for sanding and drying).

D.D.
D.D.

Same problem here…it’s supposed to be nice this weekend, with the exception of possible thunder showers tonight! Could I cover the deck BEFORE sanding to keep it dry for the prep wash. I just want to get it done so I can start enjoying my deck now that it’s not SNOWING!

Patricia
Patricia

We stained our deck yesterday and finished painting at 8pm we used Deckote. Heavy rain started this morning at 7am and it is still raining and my husband put a tarp over it as the water and paint mix is pooling on the deck. We didnt paint on bare wood, we just wanted the deck to repaint as it was leaking and worn out. The leaks were fixed before we stained the deck. What should we do once the rain has stopped and the deck has dried up?

Jane
Jane

Can I cover the deck with plastic sheeting after I stain it and it is dry to the touch? There is a slight chance of rain everyday for a week.

Mayur
Mayur

I stained a deck with a first coat on Thursday and since it rained for an hour , I let it dry for around 36 hours before putting in a second coat which I finished at 3 PM yesterday . It is raining from 12 PM today (so around 20 hrs dry time) and I have bubbles formed as you can see in the picture . Is this normal? Will it have any impact. I have used Flood pro series solid stain.

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Nicole
Nicole

What brand of stain do you use?

Kyle
Kyle

I just finsished staining a deck with valspar semi transparent and at the time of completion a storm rolled in, most had about a 1-2 hours of time applied others 30min to 1hour

Simon
Simon

We just finished staining our deck today at 12 PM with a solid colored stain non oil based and now rain is predicted in next hour! That gives it 7-8 hours drying time on the floor as rest was painted yesterday. Is this going to be really bad? Paint info said 6 hours to dry but 48 to cure.

Susan
Susan

I put a first coat of stain on my porch yesterday, planning to put second coat on today. Weather forecast changed, and looks like rain will start late tonight and continue for the next 7+ days. From reading through other posts, I surmise that rushing to get that second coat applied today – 12 hrs before rain – is a bad idea.
If I can’t get the second coat in before the seven day ‘deadline’, do I just skip it entirely?

Mary Schmidt
Mary Schmidt

Can I put a tarp, on my deck, after it has dried for six hours? It’s going to rain. Can it lay flat or should I tent it?

Robin
Robin

I had my deck pressure washed and stained a week later with Sikkens Cetol Dek finish. Have used this product many times before. Heavy rain downpours 4 days later which was last night. Deck is still wet from rain. Now many splotchy areas all over deck. Looks terrible. Is it ruined?

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Sandra Fey
Sandra Fey

My deck got wet about an hour after I stained it and it turned white. I tried pressure washing it again but it didn’t work so I used a suggestion from this forum to reapply stain over the deck and it worked. Thanks!

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Pallama
Pallama

Hi. I just bought my first house. The deck is pressure treated wood stained with a water / latex stain. I want to strip and power wash the deck surface and use a nice transparent oil stain like Sikkens Cetol Dek. Will I need to sand first or will stripping and power wash be enough?

Tim
Tim

So I will be staining my new pool deck this spring and have bought the Olympic elite translucent stain and the Olympic deck cleaner really just wanted your thoughts on the products and if they are ok to use it take back and upgrade to a better product while I do construction for a living stain is not my area of knowledge

Tim
Tim

I should add the deck is new in terms of it went thru a summer and winter in Pennsylvania weathering

Kfitz
Kfitz

Attention deck experts! I had my deck sanded and stained with BEhr — one coat dried for 24 hours followed by a second coat only drying for 12 hours before a light rain. Then turned to snow. Should I brush the snow off, or does it even matter? Thanks for any help

Tre
Tre

Hello. I’m hoping someone can help me with this question. I painted a deck with a grey exterior oil based paint with a anti mildew agent added in and a few days later it rained. Wherever the rain puddled up on the edge of the deck if you wipe the puddle away it would leave a temporary white stain for about 2 hours then would return back to its normal color. How do you prevent this and what causes this? The deck had days to dry before it rained. Any help would be great. Thank you. Tre