Updated February 2020
Moisture Content of Wood for Deck Stain
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A deck staining project is something any do it yourself enthusiast can accomplish. Most of what needs to be done can be found online on how-to articles. Cleaning the deck with the proper chemicals and methods is crucial. However, after the deck is cleaned and ready to be stained there are a few things to consider that can make or break the success of the project.
Once a deck is cleaned it should be allowed to dry for several days before the stain is applied. Most stain manufacturers have recommended drying times that may vary slightly. In addition to varying recommendations, other factors like weather, sun exposure, wood type, wood age, and porosity can also determine the exact amount of dry time a deck needs when applying the stain. When all things are taken into account, it would seem logical to wait a long enough period so there is nothing left to chance. So what should be the moisture content of the deck when applying the stain?