How to stain wood deck?

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Tips to stain my wood deck?


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  • Franklinrawley Franklinrawley on Jun 30, 2018
    first I would use a pressure washer and get rid of any problems the old stains might be causing. believe it or not, this will get basic wood to rise and most of it will be about the same color to start a new stain. Might want to try a cedar or a stain with a medium color to help blend any differences.

    • Betty Shafer Betty Shafer on Jul 01, 2018
      Thank you, I had only hand scrubbed it and the stain I used came off after the first winter.

  • AmAtHome AmAtHome on Jun 30, 2018
    Get cleaner made for decks, and use a stiff brush and mop. Or pressure wash lightly. There are lots of stains that can be colored and semi-transparent or solid.

    • Betty Shafer Betty Shafer on Jul 01, 2018
      Thank you, I had only hand scrubbed it, and the stain I used came off after the first winter.

  • Canadianlady Canadianlady on Mar 11, 2017
    Whatever method you decide to use, don't forget to use some type of water resistant wood seal on your deck every couple of years. It will significantly prolong the life of the deck.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on May 24, 2018
    Thomson's WaterSeal is a good one

  • Ginny Ginny on May 24, 2018
    I have always used Minwax products with excellent results.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 24, 2018
    Meticulous preparation efforts are important to a sucessfully finish.
    In my experience-I find the Sikkens to be the best for wood toned seals and have also had great sucess with Behr transparent and solid stains. I cant emphasize the proper prep and cleaning enough. Behr and Valspar have excellent customer support if any question or problems, and have provided replacement product when a product failure has occurred.

  • William William on May 24, 2018
    Any good top brand UV deck stain will work. Cabot, Olympic, Behr (not the deck over product), Thompson's, Sikkens. Sherman Williams Super Deck.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 24, 2018
    First decide if oil based or water based is right for your situation:

    Water-Based Stain Advantages:
    • Dry quickly
    • Keep its color for a longer period of time
    • Provides a richer hue of color
    • No harmful odor or fumes, not flammable
    • Breathable stain
    • Easier cleanup (only requires soap and water)
    • Extremely mildew and mold resistant
    Oil-Based Stain Advantages:
    • Requires more time to dry which allows for a more even finish
    • Penetrates wood deeper
    • Extremely durable
    • Thicker seal for wood
    Less long-term maintenance

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Nov 26, 2014
    I've been using the line of deck stains from Penofin for over 15 years, my ipe deck is over 16 years old and still looks brand new. Ipe is a great long wearing hardwood. If your deck has a mixture of new and old boards a more heavily pigmented stain will give you more uniform looks.