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It is important to consider the state of your wood surface before staining, especially this Spring 2018 following such a harsh winter with extreme temperatures. Preparing to stain a new deck is considerably different from staining a deck that has already been stained. It is important to follow some guidelines that lay the foundation for an optimal wood surface to stain. Before diving into a wood stain project, we recommend you conduct your own research, read articles, and watch how-to videos to educate yourself on what is best for your wood deck. The plethora of resources that are available in 2018 will help you tackle your wood stain project from the right direction. Feel free to browse deckstainhelp.com or Google the brand of your stain for specific tips about the deck stain of your choice.
Before staining a new deck, it must be properly prepped. Please note that new smooth wood surfaces are not porous enough for stains to penetrate deep enough into the wood grain for a long-lasting finish. To ensure your deck stain project will last throughout 2018 and into 2019, it is recommended you follow these guidelines:
- Let wood weather for 1-12 months after installing. This is a wide range, so make sure you read the manufacturer’s recommendations for whichever stain you choose to use.
- After the allotted waiting period is complete, properly clean and brighten your wood to remove mill glaze, dirt, grime, mold, and UV graying.
- Let the wood dry for a few days prior to staining, unless the stain brand specifically says it can be applied to damp wood.
- Apply 1 coat only of the stain! Overapplying will not allow the stain to properly penetrate the wood grain, producing results that will not last as long.
- Ensure proper care of your stained deck by applying a maintenance coat in 12-18 months. Every 2-3 years after that.
Note Rough (Sawn) Cut Wood: Rough sawn cut does not need to be weathered or prepped. This wood is very porous and can be stained right away after install. You see this wood type on fences and vertical wood. Rarely on decking.
Be sure to check back throughout 2018 for more suggestions on how to improve the longevity of your deck stain project. If you have any suggestions for prepping new wood, feel free to leave a comment below.