Updated February 2020
Deck stain sticky after applying?
Staining your deck is not the easiest task as there are lots of things that can go wrong during the whole process. It could be that you applied your stain the day before a rainstorm or you could have over-applied your stain, leaving it sticky and tacky
As a rule, when you make the decision to stain a large area, it’s prudent to invest in proper applicators like stain pad, a paintbrush or even some sort of sprayer to apply the stain evenly.
Give the deck approximately half an hour to really soak up all the wood stain and then go over it with a wipe to get rid of any excess liquid. You can use this opportunity to fix any runs or drips, too. If using an oil-based deck stain, make sure to soak all oily rags in water and lay flat to dry outdoors.