Readying Your Deck for Summer Fun
Make your deck more inviting than ever with these simple staining techniques.
Bringing out—and protecting—the beauty of your exterior wood surfaces doesn't have to feel like an overwhelming task. Just follow these steps to a spectacular deck.
Preparing Your Deck for Staining
Applying the Stain
Decks are often subjected to extreme environmental conditions (direct sun, cool damp shade, etc.) as well as heavy foot traffic. Proper care of your deck will help ensure the longevity of the finish.
After properly preparing the wood, select an inconspicuous place on the wood you will be staining and test the stain to be sure you will be pleased with the final color results.
Stain the vertical sections of the deck, such as the rails and posts, so that drips will not land on previously finished areas.
Stain the deck surface. For deck boards, stain two to three boards at a time to avoid lap marks. Do not stop in the middle of a board to avoid the risk of developing lap marks. Make sure to wipe up any excess stain.
Helpful Tips for Staining Your Deck