Why is My Deck Stain Peeling?  5/5 (1)

This post was updated on April 22, 2024

Why is my deck stain peeling?

Deck stain peels because it did not penetrate deeply enough into the wood. There are three main culprits:

  1. The most common reason that deck stain peels is that a solid deck stain or clear sealer was used. These form a film over the surface of the deck that cracks and peels with wear.
  2. Overapplication of solid deck stains can cause peeling within a few months or even weeks. Semi-transparent deck stains can also peel when overapplied.
  3. The last reason that your deck may be peeling is improper prep before applying the stain. You must apply deck stain to a clean and prepared surface or it will not penetrate properly into the wood, causing peeling.

Once the deck stain peels it must be stripped and reapplied.

How to apply deck stain with deck stain peeling?

peeling deck stainMake sure that you apply the deck stain with appropriate tools like brushes, sprayers, or deck applicators. Do not use too much stain and distribute it evenly. Rollers can work with solid stains, but they also make it easy to overapply and cause deck stain peeling.

How to prep deck with deck stain peeling?

Proper prep is important to ensure that the deck stain can penetrate and seal the wood. Proper deck prep includes stripping off the old stain, cleaning the deck, and spot sanding any stubborn spots. This should be done before staining so that it does not peel.

More information on how to stain a deck

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Scott Paul ~ Restoring Wood & Decks Since 1993 Owner
As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites. All the products he suggests through this site are sold through online sites and in retail stores, allowing the consumer to choose their own means of purchase. Scott’s eCommerce sites do sell many top brands he endorses and if you appreciate any of the help he has offered then feel free to purchase from one of them.
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