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This post was updated on May 2, 2022

Best Temperature Range for Applying Deck Stains

Welcome to Deckstainhelp.com, your source for industry insights and trends for the perfect deck stain project execution. See below for information on the ideal temperature range for deck stain application. We want to hear from you. Leave us a comment if you have input about the ideal temperature range for deck stain application below.


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There is no uncertainty that weather has a huge impact on applying a deck stain. A number of factors can help or hurt when it comes to staining a deck. Rain for one is a very big factor. Not only can rain delay and deck staining project, but it can also ruin a freshly stained deck if it rains before the stain has time to dry. But there is another factor that may not be as common.

The temperature range for applying deck stain is just as crucial. Although the suggested temperature ranges for applying deck stain give a lot more room for error, it can still come into play. Applying deck stain when temperatures are too cold can affect the curing process of the stain. Applying deck stain when temperatures are too hot can cause the stain to evaporate and dry too quickly. In both cases, the stain’s performance can be jeopardized.

The suggested temperature range for applying deck stain is on average 45-95 degrees Fahrenheit. When deck stain is applied in cooler temperatures, in early spring or late fall, for example, the curing process of the stain can be hindered. Even if temperatures drop to below-suggested ranges, and especially close to freezing, days after you have applied stain it can still affect it negatively.

When deck stain is applied during extremely hot temperatures the stain can dry too quickly before it penetrates the wood properly. Besides the air temperature on extremely hot days, the wood surface can be very hot as well. You should never apply deck stain on a steamy hot day and especially in full sun. This is not only dangerous for the one doing the work, but the stain’s performance can be at risk. To be safe apply deck stain in temperature ranges of 45-95 degrees so you’ll get a beautiful long-lasting finish.

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Tara Buhr
Tara Buhr
29 days ago

I had a huge 3 week rain delay before I was able to finish my deck using defy semi transparent stain. We are going to have a dry spell here, but the temps are high of 51 ndn low of 30. I know there are temp times for applying.
My question is if I apply the stain when it is 51 degrees, and it has time to dry for 4 hours, will that still effect the stain if it dips down to 30 during the curing process? Or should I now wait until spring?

Tara Buhr
Tara Buhr
29 days ago

Thank you!!! Also because of your help (half) my deck looks phenomenal!!! Restore a deck solid on the rails, defy on the floor

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Maria
Maria
1 month ago

What the best pressure treated wood stain for my deck?

Teri
Teri
3 months ago

I’m staining an older deck…green treated wood using Cabot Deck Correct. The day temps are 70’s but night will fall below 50. Is that going to be a huge problem if the deck can dry before temps fall?

Guy leclerc
Guy leclerc
3 months ago

Can I stain my deck at 90 f.

Deborah Hansen
Deborah Hansen
3 months ago

We used Defy Extreme Semi Transparent stain in Pine on our deck a year and a half ago. The deck was new pressure treated pine. The painters used a paint brush at the ends of the boards and rolled the rest. They only used one coat. The stain is much darker where they used a paint brush which left an uneven coat. It wasn’t a good job. We are going to stain again and would like to know if we should use the stripping product or the wood cleaner. Also, we are going to use the Defy Ultra Semi Transparent stain this time. Is one coat enough? If not, is it a wet on wet second coat application?

Deborah Hansen
Deborah Hansen
3 months ago

Is the brush on method better than roll on for the stain? Also, if brushing on are two coats needed?

Vickey Webb
Vickey Webb
5 months ago

I painted my deck with a black stain After drying when you walk on it you can see foot prints. Was black the wrong choice or what can I do to fix it? Thanks in advance

Tim Dunn
Tim Dunn
1 year ago

I have Thompson Water Seal. Can I apply in 54 degree weather during mid day and 44 degrees at night? The next day will be 60 with rain coming in during the afternoon. Thanks

Nicholas Meyers
Nicholas Meyers
1 year ago

Hi,
I am in Kansas with a pressure treated pine deck (new but weathered over the winter) that I’ll be staining with TWP 100 series. Daytime highs are forecasted at 90 degrees in the next week or so. Deck is in full sun and gets pretty toasty between 10am and 4pm.

1.) If I were to stain it at say 5pm after it cools down, would that be enough time for it to cure properly before it heats up the next morning (about 17 hours)?

2.) Does the deck being in full-sun affect that ideal ambient temperature range (50-90 degrees) for applying the stain? Would 80 degrees ambient temperature perhaps be a safer upper limit if it’s full sun? Is there a maximum acceptable surface temperature for application? I know every deck is different, just wondering your general advice.

ELIZABETH
ELIZABETH
1 year ago

How long to wait before staining after cleaning a new deck?

Denise
Denise
2 years ago

Can you stain an outside deck when pollen levels are 70 percent

Janet
Janet
2 years ago

Hi,
I started to stain my deck and the weather took a turn to colder weather.
When you say it affects the stain, what should I be looking for to determine if it is damage.
Thanks

Janet
Janet
2 years ago

What do you want a picture of deck or can of stain??

Janet
Janet
2 years ago

Thank you

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Martin Flajnik
Martin Flajnik
2 years ago

How long should the deck be allowed to dry before suspected rain?

Todd
Todd
2 years ago

How long for stain to dry/cure in 57 degree dry weather?

Karen Rasmussen
Karen Rasmussen
3 years ago

We have had to stain cedar Facia boards and trim on a new garage before the siding is installed. The daytime temp has been around 50* when applying but the past two nights have been down to 28* What effect will this have on the stained wood?

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago

Temp/Sun dilemma: So,I’ve cleaned brightened and sanded my deck… ready to stain but it is the peak of summer. If I stain in the morning, the wood is in full sun or I can stain in the afternoon when it is shaded but the temps are above 90.

Which do you recommend?

Cheers!

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago

Thank you! -It is really humid too… Will that just take the stain longer to cure or will it affect the stain application?

David
David
3 years ago

How long can you wait after stripping and brightening a cedar deck before you apply the stain? Can I strip and brighten the deck now and wait 2-4 weeks for the weather (pollen count) to improve? I live in Atlanta, GA and the pollen count currently is extremely high.

Wei-Wu Angie Soh
Wei-Wu Angie Soh
4 years ago

What I meant is that the temperature drops to high 30 during the night, would that be okay?

Wei-Wu Angie Soh
Wei-Wu Angie Soh
4 years ago

What if I apply the stain in day time while the temperature is in the low 60 but drop to high 30, would that be okay?

Alan Zend
Alan Zend
5 years ago

The temperature is under 90, but the deck temperature is over 100. Can I stain my deck with solid stain?

Judy Rogge
Judy Rogge
6 years ago

You recommend 45-90 degree weather for stain drying but warn about temperatures affecting the wood at a later date. How many days should we look ahead before staining? I am wondering if week later temps of below 45 would affect the stain.

Donna
Donna
6 years ago

in hot temperatures this product should not be used according to this article. At what temperature of heat is the question.
thanks

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