Update 2018 for Why Deck Stain Cannot be Shiny
We here at DeckStainHelp.com are proud to be the internet’s number one reference for all things wood deck restoration related. As before, we do not recommend the use of polyurethane stains on outdoor decks. We always appreciate your input and questions, so feel free to leave a comment below.
Unlike some wood stain finishes on hardwood floors that have a reflective or shiny finish, most exterior deck stains are not meant to be shiny. A deck stain works best when it is applied to a clean wood surface. This allows the deck stain to penetrate deep into the wood pores to ensure a solid wall of protection against sun and water damage. The amount of deck stain that is applied depends on different factors like wood age, condition, and porosity. Not all wood surfaces will absorb the same amount of deck stain when they are being refinished.