Asked on Mar 11, 2017

How do I know when the new wood in my deck is dry enough to stain?

by Jkreynolds
  3 answers
  • William William on Mar 11, 2017

    There are many different opinions on this subject some say wait a year other say like wait 30 days. There is no rule to this. If you live in a dry climate then you do not have to wait long. If it hasn’t rained after you built your deck then stain it.

    Most quality deck stains have been formulated for application soon after a deck is built. Dryness is important, especially when preparing to stain your wooden, outdoor haven. To test lumber for dryness is try putting the edge of the wood into a black garbage bag and leave it in the sun for an hour or two. Then open the bag if there is any condensation on the wood, it’s not dry enough. Another way of telling if you wood is ready for staining is to pour a little water on the wood. If the water beads up, it’s still too wet to finish. If the water is absorbed into the wood easily, it’s ready to seal or stain. Or you can use a moisture meter. A wood moisture meter that will tell you how much moisture is in the wood. 19% or less of moisture content is okay for staining.

  • Jkreynolds Jkreynolds on Mar 12, 2017

    Thank you so much for all the tips and information.

  • Renee Hoewing Renee Hoewing on Jun 22, 2017

    Thanks - I appreciate not having to buy a moisture meter since I'd have no other need for it - and this is much more helpful than the standard "2 days"!