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Moisture Meter DecksWhat Should Be the Moisture Content of Deck When Applying Stain?

A deck staining project is something any do it yourself enthusiast can accomplish. Most of what needs to be done can be found online in 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 stain. All things 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 deck when applying stain?

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It is best to never stain any exterior wood when inclement weather is forecasted, especially rain. Most deck stain brands will warn against application of their product within 12-24 hours of rain being forecasted. But as we all know sometimes the weather is not so predictable. So what do you do if it does rain shortly after staining?

You cannot do much until it stops raining once it starts. After the rain has passed and the deck has dried take a closer look. It really depends on how hard it rained and for how long. A light drizzle most likely won’t hurt anything but a good downpour can be a different story. The type and brand of stain can make a difference as well. Some stains can handle rain shortly after being applied better than others.

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*This is first and foremost a help site from our experience as wood restoration contractors. All stain and prepping manufacturer directions were followed with our reviews and ratings. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take in consideration that wood and deck stain results may differ due to prepping procedures, different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, natural weathering, etc.