How to Apply most Deck Stains and Sealers. These tips are for Transparent, Semi-Transparent, and Semi-Solid deck coatings.
If you have a wood deck, at some point, you will have to stain and seal it. Staining your deck allows it to withstand the elements such as severe weather, foot traffic, and scuffing from heavy furniture.
Before you begin, make sure you plan ahead. Ensure there’s no rain in the forecast or excessive pollen levels that create an ideal environment for mold to grow. Please note that instructions for staining and sealing a deck will vary from product to product, so read the instructions for best results. These are some basic tips that will aid in deck staining and sealing. First, clean off the wood deck thoroughly if the wood is gray or if repeating the use of the same brand previously. If there is any existing deck stain or sealer, that must be removed by stripping and or sanding the wood prior to applying a new coat. How to remove the old coating will vary based on the brand type of stain that was previously. We have numerous articles on our website and sanding or striping deck stains.