First, ensure the deck is completely dry. Remember, no rain 24 hours before you apply stain and no rain 24 hours after the staining project. Assuming the deck is dry and thirsty for stain, it’s time to make your deck amazing.
When applying stain, a pad, brush, roller, or rag can be used to apply the stain. Many experts suggest that a stain pad is the easiest and results in the smoothest finish. All these items can be found at any home improvement store and many times, simple start kits provide everything you need in a single package.
As you apply the stain, take your time and keep in mind that more is not always better. Evenly work the stain into the boards of your deck and don’t forget those nasty cracks.
Keep in mind that wood can only absorb so much stain. It’s important to wipe the deck soon after you’ve applied the stain in order to avoid a sticky mess. A second coat may be necessary, especially if you’re staining an older deck. If you have a team of volunteers, applying the stain to even a large deck is a breeze. If you’re a lone wolf on this, work in smaller areas to ensure a smooth, finished look.
Lastly, it is critical to follow the directions provided on the label of your stain. Coming into your deck-staining project prepared will result in a more visually appealing, longer-lasting deck to enjoy with family and friends.