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Deck No Strip Cedar and Redwood Solid

Protect the Surrounding Area

• Use a tarp to cover delicate plants or vegetation and any other areas you may want to protect.
• Remove any furniture.

Clean the Surface

• Sweeping away any leaves or dirt using a stiff broom.

Make Any Needed Repairs

• Use a drill, screw driver or hammer to repair any damaged boards and correct any loose screws and nails.

Prep the Surface

• Use a pump style sprayer to apply a deck cleaner to the surface of the wood to draw out stains. We recommend Olympic Premium Deck Brightener.
• Wait 5–10 minutes to let the cleaner work. Do not leave on for longer than 10 minutes.
Pro Tip: Scrubbing is not required, but a stiff bristled broom can be used for stubborn stains.
• Rinse thoroughly with water to remove any dirt or residue.
• Allow the wood surface to dry completely.
Pro Tip: Sometimes cleaning can cause tiny fibers of wood to rise to the surface. If this happens, lightly scuff-sand all surfaces of the wood with 120–150 grit sand paper. Be sure to sand with the grain, or down the long end of the board.
• Remove any sanding dust after you finish.

Test Stain Color & Appearance

• Test your stain in an inconspicuous area and allow to dry to ensure that the color and appearance meet your expectations.

Mix Your Stain

Pro Tip: Sometimes the color can slightly vary from can to can, so mixing them together in a larger container ensures color consistency across the whole project.
• When using multiple containers, mix them together for best results.
• Stir the bucket thoroughly and often to keep the stain from settling.
• If your using a roller, fill the tray adequately. Otherwise dip your brush or pad into the bucket.

Start with Stairs, Railings and Trim

• It's best to begin with stairs, railings and trim.
Pro Tip: Use a drop cloth to keep any stain from dripping onto your deck.
• Use a brush to apply your stain. Rollers and sprayers won't deliver uniform coverage on anything but a flat surface.

Then Stain the Surface of Your Deck

• When you're finished with the stairs, railings and trim move onto the surface of your deck.
• Using a brush or roller,  begin by applying long, even strokes down the long end of the board, across a few boards at a time.
• Make sure to maintain a wet edge (don't let the edge of the stained area dry out because applying wet stain to dry stain can create inconsistent results).
Pro Tip: If you need to stop, stop only after you've completely finished the entire board so you don't have to start up again in the middle of a plank.
• When using a roller or pad, use a stain brush and brush it back across the board to remove any excess puddling and to even out the stain.
• Once you've started, stain each section without interruption, including the visible ends of the boards so that your deck dries evenly

Apply a Second Coat

• Wait 2–4 hours and apply a second coat just as you did the first.


• Use soap & water to clean up tools.

Replace Furniture

• After you're done give the stain 24–48 hours to dry before walking on it or replacing the furniture.
• Wait at least 30 days before washing the surface.

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