How Do You Stain a Wood Deck?

How Do You Stain a Wood Deck?

Stain Your Wood Deck in 4 Easy Steps

How Do You Stain a Wood Deck?

How Do You Stain a Wood Deck?

Q: How Do You Stain a Wood Deck?

A: Need help with a deck staining project? Your porch and deck are great places to relax, entertain friends and neighbors, and even enjoy meals. There’s a lot you can do to enhance your outdoor spaces with wood stain to make them even more welcoming places for you to spend your time. Get started today by using this 4-step deck stain guide!

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Step 1 - Prep your Deck Surface
Step 1 - Prep your Deck Surface
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Prep your Deck Surface

Step 1

Prep your Deck Surface

Deck prep is important for the best staining results.

Sweep debris from deck and then use a product such as Olympic® Premium Deck Cleaner

Olympic's Deck Cleaner can penetrate the wood and lift dirt to the surface to be cleaned, as well as remove stains caused by mildew, dirt, algae and mold.

Allow surface to dry thoroughly.

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Please refer to the Product Label, Technical Data Sheet (TDS) or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for safety and detailed application instructions.

Step 2 - Taping Off Surfaces
Step 2 - Taping Off Surfaces
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Taping Off Surfaces

Step 2

Taping Off Surfaces

Use painter's tape to tape off any surfaces you don’t want to be stained. Also, cover any plants that might get stain on them.

Avoid staining in direct sunlight or on hot surfaces because the stain will dry too fast to penetrate properly.

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Olympic Staining Tip


Always test a small, hidden area, using the same number of coats you will be using on the deck and let it dry so that you can be sure to get the wood stain color you want. 


Step 3 - Apply Stain
Step 3 - Apply Stain
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Apply Stain

Step 3

Apply Stain

For clear, toner and semi-transparent wood stains, apply one thin coat with a high-quality brush, roller, paint pad, or spray.

For solid stains, apply two thin coats with a brush, roller, or paint pad. To avoid lap marks, apply to a few boards at a time, keeping a wet edge.

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Please refer to the Product Label, Technical Data Sheet (TDS) or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for safety and detailed application instructions.

Step 4 - Backbrush
Step 4 - Backbrush
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Backbrush

Step 4

Backbrush

For best results, backbrush into the surface to work finish into the wood and ensure the coating is even. Make sure to treat all areas of the wood, including joints, edges and ends.

You’re going to want to follow the directions on your stain container to determine if anything needs to be done after your final application.

You will also want to rinse with water any plants that accidentally got covered in stain. 

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