This post was updated on January 18, 2023
Will a Deck Stain Freeze in Winter?
Yes. Does not matter if water or oil-based. If you leave your deck stain in a garage or shed where temps can fall below freezing, there is a very good chance your stain will be ruined. Signs that your deck stain has gone bad are excessive thickening, jelling/clumping of the deck stain, or skinning on the top portion.
When storing your stain, make sure to 100% close the lid or top so there is not any evaporation. Store the excess stain in a temperature-controlled room but away from any heat such as furnaces or water heaters.
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