How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood

Learn how to stain pressure treated wood with this guide

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood

Staining pressure treated wood is only slightly different than staining a raw pine wood deck. To get the best results from your wood staining project or using deck stain on your patio, find the best deck stains and then follow all of the steps below.

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood - Step 1: Choose A Deck Stain For Pressure Treated Wood
How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood - Step 1: Choose A Deck Stain For Pressure Treated Wood
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Step 1: Choose A Deck Stain For Pressure Treated Wood

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood

Step 1: Choose A Deck Stain For Pressure Treated Wood

Choosing the right Deck Stains to stain your pressure treated wood can make or break your wood staining project. Before you apply your wood stain to the pressure treated wood you need to think about the overall theme of your deck and outdoor space, as well as the look you are going for.

With so many Deck Stains For Pressure Treated Wood to choose from, here are some general suggestions on how to highlight your wood when getting ready to apply stain:

  • Wood stain colors for pressure treated wood should complement the surrounding landscape 

  • Wood stains should match other exterior wood surfaces, like a shed or your patio furniture - if they are not made out of pressure treated wood you may need to choose a stain color that helps match the colors together

  • Use a neutral wood stain color that looks good with any background or décor so that your pressure treated wood does not stand out 'too much'.  


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How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood - Step 2: Clean Your Wood Before Applying Deck Stain
How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood - Step 2: Clean Your Wood Before Applying Deck Stain
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Step 2: Clean Your Wood Before Applying Deck Stain

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood

Step 2: Clean Your Wood Before Applying Deck Stain

Next, you'll need to clean the pressure treated wood before you get ready to stain it all. The cleaner your pressure treated wood, the better and more evenly coated your deck stain will look. If you have never stained a pressure treated wood deck then you will need to use an approved wooden deck cleaner like Olympic Premium Deck Cleaner to remove any dirt and leaf stains from your wood deck that could have been caused by mildew,murky algae, pollen, or mold.

After you apply the deck cleaner to the surface of your pressure treated wood deck, scrub the wooden deck surfaces with a mop that has stiff, hard bristles. Once you've scrubbed the entire wooden deck, wash away the residue with a pressure washer, using low to moderate pressure. Allow your newly stained pressure treated wood deck to dry before moving on to the next step of this How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood guide.

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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.

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood - Step 3: Applying The Stain To Your Pressure Treated Wood
How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood - Step 3: Applying The Stain To Your Pressure Treated Wood
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Step 3: Applying The Stain To Your Pressure Treated Wood

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood

Step 3: Applying The Stain To Your Pressure Treated Wood

If you are staining your pressure treated wood with a clear wood sealant, a wood toner, or a semi-transparent deck stain, apply one thin coat with a high-quality brush or sprayer.

For solid color deck stains, apply two thin coats with a paint brush or a paint roller. To ensure that you do not get lap marks with solid color wood stain, apply it to just a few of your deck's boards at a time and keep a wet edge so that the stain blends well.

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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.

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood - Step 4: Backbrushing The Pressure Treated Wood
How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood - Step 4: Backbrushing The Pressure Treated Wood
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How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood

Step 4: Backbrushing The Pressure Treated Wood

Now that you have applied stain to all of your pressure treated wood  it is time to backbrush. Backbrushing is the act of forcing the brush or roller a bit rougher into the surface so that all parts of the wood, including the joints, edges, seams, and ends get the same coverage of wood stain as the flat areas of your pressure treated wood.

How To Stain Pressure Treated Wood Tip: By pushing the stain-coated brush in between each board of your pressure treated wood you are making sure there are no areas visibly uncolored by the stain product.

Once you have completed backbrushing, allow your pressure treated wood to fully dry before moving any furniture onto the surface of the deck or patio.

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