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This post was updated on January 19, 2022

How To Stain a New KDAT Deck

DeckStainHelp.com has become the Internet’s go-to site for all things wood deck restoration-related. As before, we recommend you wait 1-2 months to stain new 2022 KDAT wood surfaces to allow the wood to weather, creating an ideal porous surface that will hold the stain better. We encourage customer interaction on our site, so if you have stained a new KDAT surface, we want to hear from you. Feel free to leave us a comment with pictures of your projects if you have them.


When to Stain a New KDAT (Kiln Dried Wood)

Deck? Right away or wait?

Although pressure-treated lumber is protected against fungi and insects, regular maintenance is required to achieve optimal weather protection. Staining and occasionally refinishing the wood will ensure your wood project will be enjoyed for years to come.

However, when pressure-treated, or other types of wood are new there is a waiting period of 3-6 months when using most stain brands. The wood has to season before you can stain or seal it. New wood has a high moisture content. As the wood dries out it shrinks and becomes more porous. Some weather damage can occur during this seasoning period but staining new wood too soon can lead to staining performance issues as trapped moisture will wreak havoc.

A way around this issue is to use KDAT (Kiln-Dried After Treatment) lumber. Moisture is removed from the lumber prior to arriving at the lumberyard. The advantage of KDAT lumber is that you can stain or seal it much sooner. Because all the moisture has been previously removed, the wood will not shrink or need as much time to season. Basically, it is like seasoned wood that has not had to season naturally and has been susceptible to the elements. You will need to prep the surface though with a deck cleaner and wood brightener before staining. This will help remove any mill glaze. We also suggest only applying 1 coat of stain to the new KDAT wood.

Best Tips and Steps for Staining New KDAT Decking

  1. Install wood first. Wait for 1-2 months of weathering.
  2. Prep wood with a deck cleaner and wood brightener to remove mill glaze and or open grain for the stain.
  3. Choose a stain such as Armstrong Clark. This allows maximum penetration into the wood grain.
  4. Apply only 1 coat of the stain.
  5. Apply a light maintenance coat 9-18 months down the road.

Stain new KDAT decking within 1-2 months after installation for the best results. No need to let the wood weather longer. Staining a new KDAT deck properly will allow you to enjoy your new deck for many years.

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Frank
Frank
6 months ago

I live in N.W. Georgia and built a new KDAT deck. Project was completed August 1, planning to stain deck at end of November, but I’m concerned about it being too cold. Should I wait until spring? (9 months after deck completion) or just proceed as planned. Thank you.

Michael M
Michael M
10 months ago

I provided olympic clear sealer to my decking contractor to seal the end cuts. 1000sq ft 2 level upper level is picture framed as the lower part is.. top 2/3 complete .. but when he applied sealer to cut ends almost all ends have 1-3″ of sealer
On the top as well.. I planned to use a transparent stain will I now have a problem with staining the ends? Won’t it look darker ?.. if so p,ease advise.. thanks

BARB
BARB
11 months ago

MY KDAD WOOD CAME WITH A LIGHT CHERRY STAIN ON IT, CAN I SEAL IT RIGHT AWAY?

Sharyn Acampora
Sharyn Acampora
1 year ago

I had new kdat deck put in April. I have not had time to stain the deck, now its October and won’t have time to do until April of next year 2021 because it’s getting cold.. Is this a problem? What can I do ?
Thank you
Sharyn Acampora

Mike Plunkett
Mike Plunkett
1 year ago

The Yellawood KDAT website and rep say to stain prior to or immediately after installation. But you seem to be saying wait 1-2 months for weathering. I live in Florida and we have regular rain storms and I am concerned about the wood losing the benefiyt of already having been dried. What is you best advice? Please send response also to meplunkett454@gmail.com

John H
John H
1 year ago

You didn’t answer my question. How do you prepare KDAT deck SPINDLES.

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

I just recently re-stained my deck and in the process discovered that I needed to rebuild the railing. I will be installing a new rail with KDAT and cable railing this weekend and will let the new wood weather one to two months as advised. Once the railing is ready to be stained how would you recommend prepping the railing for stain (cleaner, brightener, etc.) while not damaging the stain on the deck floor. I just re-stain the deck for a few weeks ago and would prefer not to strip it down and redo the whole thing.

Kevin
Kevin
1 year ago

Building a deck. Understand the logic of waiting 1 to 2 months for wood to weather and become more pourous. How do you eliminate the scratches and dings that will occure during that time period, prior to staining, since sanding isn’t an option.?(You’d have to wait for the wood to weather again). Won’t the scratches be more prominent when the stain is applied? I’m not doubting you guys at all. Just wondering if there is a solution to this problem. Maybe the answer is that it’s a deck, and not an interior floor. Appriciate your feedback.

Gordon Tully
Gordon Tully
1 year ago

We have a KDAT deck that was installed several months ago. It is inside a screened porch and has been covered with cardboard. The bottom surface of the deck is exposed to the air but not water or sun. Am I safe applying Defy Extreme or do I need to expose the boards that have been covered with cardboard for some time, and if so, how much time? Thanks

Barry Wolford
Barry Wolford
1 year ago

I’m in the process of installing KDAT decking and have completed one section already. Since installation, it has rained and several the boards, previously pristine and uncracked/unsplit, have now started to crack and split (presumably from absorbing water and drying out. Guidance here is to let a new KDAT deck season for a couple of months before staining/sealing but seems like that will subject the wood to more water and potential splitting. Why isn’t prepping, staining, and sealing immediately or ASAP after installation a better approach and wouldn’t doing so be more likely to prevent the boards from splitting due to moisture absorption/drying if done before being exposed to rain over a period of time?

Dave Skiver
Dave Skiver
1 year ago

I purchased kiln dried premium wood on 5/1/20 and started to stain it June 14, 2020. We power washed it 5 days ago and attempting to stain TWP 116 Rustic. It appears splotchy and not absorbing stain well. I used roller and went over it with a brush. Still splotchy. What type of roller should I use? I used Wooster Pro 3/8″ semi smooth for paints and stains. Should we wait another month to stain?

Also, is TWP Rustic 116 the same color stain as TWP Rustic Oak 116? . We used TWP rustic oak 116 last year on another deck and it appears more red which we preferred than the current TWP rustic. The new TWP Rustic 116 appears more yellow than the TWP Rustic Oak.

Norm Numerof
Norm Numerof
1 year ago

If I use RAD 2 step process again, how do I keep from removing most of the stain that’s already on the deck? That’s what happened when I used it before the second staining. It took off so much stain that it looked like I had never stained it in the first place.

What type of brush should I use to scrub the deck?

Norm Numerof
Norm Numerof
1 year ago

Hello,

Great website. Told all members of our HOA about you.

Before the “light maintenance coat”, how should I clean the deck? Someone told me Dawn dish detergent. We are in CO, 7500′ altitude, early AM sun on 3/4 of deck.

Deck is 12 x 30 kiln dried redwood, installed 10/2017. Originally used RAD 2 step cleaner process, let it dry till moisture content was ~ 15%, then had contractor stain all 4 sides, install, and stain cut ends. Looked beautiful. For second coat ~ 10/2018 I used RAD cleaner again and was DISMAYED that most of the stain came off. Let it dry, restained and it looked beautiful again. Now just some slight wear areas from shoveling off ice. THERE IS NO GRAY. Would like to clean off pollen and surface dirt without removing a lot of stain again. Thanks!

P.S. For Jeff below, try CAMO fastening system. Screws are hidden, not “face fastened”, so a beautiful appearance. Just be sure the installer doesn’t overdrive the screws and strip the wood in the joists.

Jeff
Jeff
2 years ago

What fastener do you recommend, attaching to wood joist?

Allen Monsarrat
Allen Monsarrat
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

I just rebuilt a twenty year old deck soi I can tell you what failed on that and what i used on my new deck. I attached 4×4 posts with 1/2 ” bolts . Old deck was zinc plated bolts, they showed some rust but still were not compromised. New posts I used galvanized 1/2″. Where 16d spiral nails had backed out of some structural joints I used polymer coated screws 3 1/2 to 4 1/2″ long.

Stephanie Wood
Stephanie Wood
2 years ago

What’s the best stain to use for a kiln dried cedar deck?
And do we need to clean and brighten it?
Do I need to clean and brighten my raw cedar before staining?
It was just finished being installed. How long should we wait? When does the clock start? Home builders here, so it took us a couple weeks to get it all puzzle pieced together. Very much a tetris situation.

Thanks in advance!

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Kim
Kim
2 years ago

Our fairly new KDAT deck (built last Nov.) was stained today (Tuesday) using Restore A Deck semi-transparent Dark Walnut with one coat as instructed. Overall, looks fine, But, in one back corner area, there was some sawdust that got caught under the stain. Even though it was blown off with a leaf blower right before staining, there was some sawdust, from carpenter bees most likely, scattered over about a 12″ X14″ area. Is there any option to lightly sand or touch up this area or should we leave as is until the next maintenance coat? It’s in a back corner, so not a prominent spot; but, just wondering if there is something to to do address it. Thanks

Rick Irizarry
Rick Irizarry
2 years ago

Do you recommend sealing with a sealer prior to staining a KDAT deck?

Howard Williams
Howard Williams
2 years ago

I am installing a new KDAT deck. I want to use a soild color stain. What are the recommendations you have for this. It is very hard to find quality solid color stains other than the big box stores, and SW.

Kathy
Kathy
2 years ago

Do you have to prime KDAT new wood before staining?

Brian Foster
Brian Foster
2 years ago

Hello, I plan to stain my KDAT deck this spring. It was installed last summer and I did not stain within a few months as your article suggests as many areas of the deck were covered with furniture and those areas did not weather or pass the “sprinkle test” so I had to wait.
I know it is recommended to use a CLEANER and BRIGHTENER before staining. Can you please recommend a cleaner and brightener and how to apply them, please? Looking for best practice and product!

Thank you in advance, your help is MUCH appreciated.

Kathy
Kathy
2 years ago

We are replacing a 1300sq ft deck around the pool. Thinking of using Yellawood. Their video says you can stain it right away. Also looking at Wolmanized by Hickson. Don’t want to mess it up by doing the wrong thing.

GDunlap
GDunlap
2 years ago

We installed a deck (KDAT) and have waited 2 months for it to season. Following the suggestions listed here, we purchased the RAD and were intending on using the TWP Rustic Oak stain. The problem that I’m having is that this stain is only available online. I ordered the stain on November 4th and was just told by the company that it wont be available until the 21st, meaning I wont have it until sometime after that. Unfortunately, I leave on November 22nd and won’t be home again until January 6th. My question is this, if this stain is so good then why isn’t it available in a store somewhere? They do have 3 stores within 100 miles of my home (Greenville, SC) listed on the TWP website but when I called them there wasn’t one store that actually carried it. It’s very frustrating. I was hoping to have this deck completed before I left for my trip. Can you recommend a stain other than TWP? A stain that can be purchased in a store and not ordered online, if possible.

Thank you for tips and advice, I appreciate it!

GDunlap
GDunlap
2 years ago

Thank you for your help, I have placed another order on TWPstain.com.

I appreciate the quick response!!

michael mcgraw
michael mcgraw
2 years ago

We had a small front porch built with KDAT last fall. it is probably 5’x4′ with hand rails spindles and 3 steps. It is 8 months since it was built. You suggest a deck cleaner and wood brightener followed by Armstrong clark stain. Would this still be the process even though the deck is 8 months old? I imagine I can use a small roller for applying stain to much of the deck. I would need to use a brush or rag to do hand rails and spindles. It almost seems a rag would be easier to do the spindles. Is there a reason to use a brush rather than a rag. I have zero experience with this and would love not to screw it up. Could you suggest a specific deck cleaner/wood brightener and the specific type of stain I want to use? I want to make sure I idiot proof the process as much as possible.

thanks

Michael M.

Susan Boyd
Susan Boyd
2 years ago

2 months ago we installed a kiln dried Northern Spruce bunkie – precut tongue & groove bunkie kit. The wood has darkened somewhat in colour since we constructed it.
We plan to use a transparent stain. Must we stain it now in early September or can we wait til next spring? Our bunkie is in Ontario Canada up north near Parry Sound. Stain now or wait? What stain do you suggest we use! Thank you!

Susan Boyd
Susan Boyd
2 years ago

Thank you so much for your quick reply!

Bill Perkins
Bill Perkins
2 years ago

I want to pre finish my KDAT decking in a garage before installation .In humid coastal Georgia I’m thinking this is as dry as the material may get . As the material was prepped to receive the pressure treatment (mill scale removed ? ) ,won’t it now similarly accept the stain without further prep ?

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

Great website, lots of good advice.

I live in northern Maryland, and I have a PT deck that’s been neglected. Most of the floor boards are in good shape – they just need some work. I plan to replace the few that need it with either new PT or KDAT, and sand the ones that I’m keeping along with the rest of the deck. I think I’ve settled on RAD cleaner, brightener, and semi-transparent stain. Here’s my approach:

(1) replace floor boards that need it with new PT or KDAT and set nails in existing boards
(2) wait for new floor boards to season (2 months for KDAT, 6 months for PT)
(3) sand everything
(4) apply cleaner & brightener
(5) apply stain (2 coats)

Here are my questions:

(a) After sanding, what’s the LONGEST I can wait before applying the cleaner, brightener, and stain? Is it days? Weeks? Months? A whole year? I imagine that at some point too long a wait would “negate” the sanding due to weather.

(b) Related to the question above: do you see any problem with sanding all VERTICAL surfaces while I’m waiting for the new floor boards to season, then sanding all horizontal surfaces AFTER the new floor boards are seasoned, and finally cleaning, brightening, and staining everything at the same time? [This would mean the vertical surfaces would be sanded months before the horizontal surfaces.] If this is OK, would it also be OK to sand ALL existing wood while waiting for the new floor boards to season? This would allow me to get the sanding done now, rather than having to wait 2-6 months.

(c) I see no reason to do any pressure washing at any point, since I’m sanding everything. Do you agree? If not, please explain where the pressure washing would fit in the 5-step plan outlined above.

(d) Do you know of any sources for KDAT in the Maryland area? I’m having trouble locating it around here.

Thanks,

Greg M

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

Thanks for the quick reply!

When you say “no need to pressure wash until later”, do you mean that if there’s a long time (several months) between sanding and prep, I should pressure wash before prep & stain?

Why only 1 coat of stain for this wood? Do you mean ALL of the wood – the existing PT that’s being sanded AND the new floor boards (KDAT or PT)?

Any harm in sanding new floor boards (PT or KDAT)? Once they’re installed it will be easier to sand them as well.

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

What about the existing (old) wood if I sand it: 1 coat of stain or 2?

The sanding of the old wood is because there is some residual stain from years past, and some boards have some rough spots that I’d like to get rid of. 80 grit, so it doesn’t get too smooth. Is sanding OK in this case? If not, what do you recommend instead: just cleaning & brightening?

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

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Greg
Greg
2 years ago

I replied with 3 pictures, but I don’t see my reply so I don’t know if you got them. Please let me know if you did.

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

In addition to the appearance of the wood in the photos, there is splintering on quite a few floor boards – not enough to replace them, but enough to make me want to smooth them by sanding. Is sanding warranted in this case?

If you use nothing finer than 80 grit, why is stripping still preferred over sanding? Is it just that sanding is more work? That it’s potentially “destructive” if not done properly? Not guaranteed to remove previous coatings?

Just trying to understand when sanding is necessary (or acceptable)…

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

So as long as I use 80 grit and I don’t “lean into it” on the floor boards that have some splintering and/or some rough spots, I should be OK. Would you agree with that?

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

Final question, for the benefit of everyone on this forum:

You’ve said repeatedly that you’re not a fan of sanding unless it’s necessary. Can you give a few specific examples of when you feel it’s necessary with an existing PT deck?

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

Thanks for clarifying. In all other cases would you call it risky, or just unnecessary?

michael mcgraw
michael mcgraw
2 years ago

I had a front porch done with KDAT in the late fall of 2018. It is June 2019 and I would like to get it stained in the next few weeks. I was told waiting till spring to stain was a good idea. Do I still want to do a deck cleaner? How long do I have after applying the cleaner to apply the stain? This is a front porch about 5′ x 5′ with steps and railings and spindles. Can the deck cleaner and stain be applied with a brush? We like the appearance of the KDAT which kind of looks like a cedar. Do I just want to find a stain that closely matches the color of the KDAT? Thanks very much.

michael T McGraw
michael T McGraw
2 years ago

thanks so much. very quick turn around on reply. a sprayer as in the type used to kill garden weeds? Can it be wiped on the railing spindles? Or just spray it as well as you can. Very helpful I will be ordering the kit.

Pam
Pam
2 years ago

I am replacing an old deck with new cedar. I am buying it from a lumber yard that I have worked with for years. They are telling me that the wood has been dried & is stored inside so there is no need to wait to stain it. Is that true? One problem that no one seems to be mentioning regarding installing the decking and waiting to stain it, is the fact that the underside and sides need stained. My contractor is asking me to stain all four sides of the decking prior to installation so that the unstained wood doesn’t sit on the floor joists. If you believe I can stain it right away, do I still need to put a cleaner on it before staining?
Also, when I checked the stain reviews, ONE TIME WOOD PROTECTER came up as the best stain for a horizontal deck. But I noticed you didn’t mention them?

Robert Lawson
Robert Lawson
2 years ago

Installed 480 sq ft Yellawood premium KDAT decking, 6/1, need to fill screw holes with some non-skrinking filler, and intend to lightly orbital sand with rental rig,…. We want a clear finish on our outdoor deckto keep the beuaty of the wood,…Please suggest a filler, if full deck light sanding OK and what clear sealer is best, We live near Atlanta,….

Thanks,….. Bob

Robert Lawson
Robert Lawson
2 years ago

Thanks for your reply,….I was thinking FAMOWOOD for the filler, non-shrinking, stainable,..clear,….And the DEFY EXTREME 40 for the clear UV protective finish,….I was hoping to get some feedback on these items,….

Laura Terrell
Laura Terrell
3 years ago

My contractors requested KDAT lumber for my deck, but the material has no kdat stamp and has a stapled on label “Everwood”. I have read all KDAT lumber is stamped. Is that always the case?
Thanks

Don Ho
Don Ho
3 years ago

Ca. I just lightly sand kdat, then wipe down and stain?

Don Ho
Don Ho
3 years ago

Being told by lumber yards its ready to go

Kathleen Develez
Kathleen Develez
3 years ago

Is it necessary to do 2 coats wet on wet on new kdat deck with defy extreme

Coughlin
Coughlin
3 years ago

We had a deck built in 2016 with KDAT lumber. No one told us anything about it, but we waited 2 -3 months to stain it – which we did with TWP stain per our contractor’s suggestion. It was a disaster. The deck looked horrible and we found out we were supposed to pressure wash or somehow remove the mill finish. We tried a stripper, then applied Thompson’s water seal – which looked good for about a month. We have had to restain and attempt to make the deck look decent – including sanding some of the wood down – and it still looks like garbage. We are now planning on ripping this crap wood off and replacing it with Trex or a similar product so we never have to stain warping, splitting wood again Buyer beware!

jed
jed
3 years ago

I’m in a tough spot and have to install a kdat porch at the beginning of december in Cleveland. I cant afford composite and untreated wont survive. Will the flooring make it through winter if I dont get a good day to stain? There’s so much conflicting information out there.

Steve Colsson
Steve Colsson
3 years ago

Correction on my earlier email question….Kdat lumber…..

Steve Colsson
Steve Colsson
3 years ago

I am installing a new front porch floor using Keaton primed tongue and groove wood. Any recommendations
On installing…..and paint recommendations?

John
John
3 years ago

Any suggestions on when and what type of stain to use on new pressure treated kiln dried pine columns

David Sommerlath
David Sommerlath
3 years ago

What is the best deck staining brush OR pad?
5/4 cypress and KDAT pressure treated 6″ decking
So many options and opinions–I thought I ask the experts–YOU guys !!

Joe V
Joe V
3 years ago

I read your best tips for KDAT and noticed that in step 1 it states that:
“Install wood first. Wait 1-2 months of weathering.
However the in the last paragraph seems to conflict with the step 1; it states:
“Stain new KDAT decking within a week or two after install for the best results. No need to let the wood weather. …..”
Please clarify what is the proper duration to wait before I apply the stain.
Thanks
Joe
PS We tested some samples of the AC semi-transparent stains and liked the results

Natasha Madison
Natasha Madison
3 years ago

Hi. My Wife and I are incredibly confused! We bought new cedar deck boards two weeks ago to build a floating deck that will be 6 inches off the ground. We did buy treated pine, ground rated to build our base. We are not going to stain the pine as we cannot wait a year and it won’t be seen anyway. The lumber yard told us we could stain the cedar deck boards now. As I have been searching the internet for the best stain, I have found many sites saying that cedar still needs to weather. The manufacturer of our cedar says it’s kiln dried, doesn’t have a stamp or say anything about KDAT. We have no place to store this wood except outside in our backyard under tarps. When we originally laid out the boards to see how it will look once we build it, the boards having been on the grass for a few hours were damp and warped. We then put them on sawhorses and they are much better now. We are having our entire back patio poured with new concrete in a few weeks and need the floating deck built. We spent a large amount of money on these cedar boards and don’t want to do the wrong thing but we have a hundred different people telling us a hundred different things. We were also told to pre stain all six sides of the cedar by the lumber yard otherwise the boards will get moisture trapped in them etc. especially since it’s a floating deck that will only be 6inches off the ground. We live in Cincinnati Ohio where we have very humid summers and our winters can be quite rough. This deck is also going to be right under a large oak tree as we need the shade. Making it impossible to wait 3-4 months to stain as the leaves will be falling and there is no way to keep them off the deck. I also have concerns for the tree affecting the deck stain and or wood. We also have 2 large dogs that have destroyed 2 previous decks just by running on it. Can we stain it now or do we have to wait a month or two? Should we do all six sides prior to install? Whats the worse case scenario if we stain now? We are planning to clean it first. Please help us!

Julie bowlick
Julie bowlick
4 years ago

Is it normal for my new KDAT deck to have black mildew spots on a few boards after only a month installed? live in Atlanta and have had a very wet spring!
And if contractor says kdat used but it’s not stamped what did he use?

Arbee
Arbee
4 years ago

We have a new KDAT floor installed in screened porch and want to go with a solid stain. Do you need to use a brightener on a new KDAT deck if using Flood Pro Series Solid acrylic stain? How long should we wait and what prep steps are recommended.

Teresa Quandt
Teresa Quandt
4 years ago

I’ve noted your ongoing referral to TWP or Armstrong Clark stains for KDAT decking. Can you please explain why you prefer these options? As neither are locally available, it’s a tremendous inconvenience. The benefits would need to be tremendous.

Teresa Quandt
Teresa Quandt
4 years ago

Are you independent contractors with no commercial affiliation to either TWP or Armstrong Clark?

Teresa Quandt
Teresa Quandt
4 years ago

good intel. Went back and read them both. Thanks.

TWP is available locally. Which TWP product is most appropriate for a newer (2 months old) KDAT pine deck?

Teresa Quandt
Teresa Quandt
4 years ago

Found TWP 100 locally. THANKS for the referral! However, the retailer doesn’t stock the Gemini Prep Kit. Could you please give a secondary recommendation to clean/prep?

Ken James
Ken James
4 years ago

I’m in the process of doing a KDAT cedar deck and was wondering about sanding and final prep. I have quite a few cracks and holes that I’d like to fill before I stain, what grit would you recommend on 5/4 cedar?

Ken James
Ken James
4 years ago

Thank you for the reply. The cracks I can live with, however I have some chunks of wood missing from some knots that I’d like to fill or is that normal with KDAT cedar?

Manny
Manny
4 years ago

We had a KDAT redwood deck installed. It has been 2 months.
1. Can we just pressure wash or do we need to use Deck Cleaner and Brightener?
2. How to remove water stains?

Patricia
Patricia
4 years ago

Is the Crystal Clear DEFY stain as effective as the semi-transparent colors?

Patricia
Patricia
4 years ago

I have just cleaned and brightened my new KDAT deck floor. How long should I let it dry out before applying stain? Also, the article here says to put on one coat of stain now, then another in 9-12 months. Does that advise apply to using the DEFY Extreme water-based stains, or just the oil-based?

Thanks for your help.

Peter Anderson
Peter Anderson
4 years ago

We are having a large second story deck redone in YellaWood KDAT. The Yellawood info says KDAT products must be painted, stained or sealed immediately after installation . We have been having showers here in East Tennessee almost daily so my question is; What happens if the KDAT gets wet before I can get some stain on it?

Thank you

Patricia
Patricia
4 years ago

I had a new KDAT installed a few months ago. I didn’t understand that it could be stained right away and we have had a very wet spring. It feels like it is starting to “cup” a bit already and I feel like I have waited too long. I am ready to stain now, but I will need to clean some surfaces stains. Can you advise me on how to clean it and prep for stain? Also , what type of stain do you recommend?

Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith
4 years ago

As someone had mentioned here, Yellawood tech support suggests staining all 6 sides before installing. My deck is about 8″ from the ground in a few spots. Do you still feel it’s best to leave one side of the kdat deck boards untreated on the underside of this is the case as with low to ground installations? Thanks

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