Will Deck Stain Dry in Cold Weather?  5/5 (1)

This post was updated on February 25, 2024

Deck Stain Drying Issues Cold Temperature?

The majority of deck stains will require an application temperature of 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Applying at the low end of this or below can create issues or prolong the curing and drying time. You never want to apply at the low end and have the temps fall below zero the first night of staining as that can create premature deck stain failure.

Tips on Cold Weather Deck Stain Application

When applying a deck in the low 50s  it can double your curing and drying time. Do not over-apply the deck stain and make sure to take precautions by avoiding applying if potential rain. Since the curing and drying time takes much longer, also avoid walking and adding furniture on your deck until fully cured. Once the deck is fully dry to the touch and is not sticky or tacky, you should be okay to use it.

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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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