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How To Stain A Deck - A First Timer's Guide

Learn How To Stain Your Deck Easily With These Simple Tips

Q: I just moved into a new home with a deck and I want to give it a makeover. Can you give some tips on how to stain a deck for someone who has never stained anything before?
A: Staining your deck for the first time may sound intimidating. However, with the right prep work and following the right steps, your deck will be protected and beautifully finished.

Step 1 - Inspect

First, walk around your deck, looking for any imperfections such as the following:
Broken screws
Warped pieces of wood
Broken pieces of wood
Nails that are raised above the surface
After you finish inspecting the deck, you may have to remove and replace any imperfections. Repairing may be an option. Use your best judgment.


Step 2 - Clean

The most important step to staining is cleaning your deck. A clean surface allows the stain to soak in and properly cure. If you properly clean your deck every year, it shouldn't be difficult to clean. Deck cleaners such as Olympic Premium Deck Brightener & Wash are great at removing dirt and stains that may have been caused by mildew, algae, and mold.
Be sure to follow all safety precautions and application instructions that are printed on the product label. Scrub your deck with a mop that has stiff, hard bristles after you apply the product. Once you've scrubbed the deck, wash away the residue with a pressure washer. Allow your deck to dry before you get ready to stain.


Step 3 - Stain

Before you begin staining, make sure all nails on your surface are in place. Loose nails can damage your brush or roller and give your deck a rough texture. You'll want to use tape and a hammer to put nails back in place if they've raised above the surface. Use standard painter's tape to block off any surface that you don't want the stain to adhere to.

You should use a roller brush or sprayer to apply a steady coat of quality stain, such as Olympic Elite or Olympic Maximum. If you see that too much wood stain has been used in an area, use a roller or brush to fix the imperfections.
Pro tip: Back brushing your stain will help the stain soak into your deck boards, allowing better, long-lasting results. 

Step 4 - Wait for It to Dry

Wood stain needs 24 to 48 hours to dry, but this may vary depending on the deck and wood it is applied to. Read the instructions on the product label to ensure that you're following the directions correctly. The time that it'll take for the stain to dry will depend on the temperature and humidity in your location.

As long as you take care of your wood and perform routine annual maintenance, staining your deck will bring you with long lasting and successful results.
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(Updated: 3/27/2019)

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