How to Stain a Deck?

low view of back deck

Are you looking at that deck outside your house and thinking “Yeah… it’s probably time to stain it again…” ? Or maybe you have a brand new deck and you’d like to stain a different color or just stain it to protect the wood. Whatever you’re reasoning, follow the steps below to make sure you’re properly staining your deck.

New Deck

back deck of house in the sunlightIf the wood used for your deck is treated (green), you need to make sure that you wait one year (one full set of seasons) to weather the wood before you even think about applying stain. If it is untreated wood you don’t need to wait to stain your deck.

  1. First, make sure that the surface is clean. You’ll need to powerwash your deck in order to properly clean it because stain won’t adhere correctly to the wood if it is dirty.
  2. Then you need to dry out the surface. Make sure that the wood on the deck is completely dry, otherwise you’ll be trapping moisture in the wood with the stain, which is not good.
  3. Now, depending on the product you use, some are single application and some are dual, you’ll then apply your top coat and sealer.
  4. Most times you’ll want to use two coats simply because new wood absorbs the stain product and will streak.

people working on staining a deckOld Deck – ReStain

  1. First you’ll need to remove and sand away all of the old stain that is on your deck. You may find powerwashing helps get rid of loose chunks, but you’ll definitely need to sand it all as well.
  2. After you finish sanding you’ll need to powerwash the whole deck to make sure it is clean.
  3. Then you need to dry out the surface. Make sure that the wood on the deck is completely dry, otherwise you’ll be trapping moisture in the wood with the stain, which is not good.
  4. Now, depending on the product you use, some are single application and some are dual you’ll then apply your top coat and sealer.
  5. Most times you’ll want to use two coats simply because one coat is usually just never enough.

Whether you have an old deck needing restaining or a new deck needing a good first stain, if you don’t want to do it yourself, and would instead rather leave it to the professionals, call 360 Painting Saskatoon at 306-270-6701 or go HERE to book your free estimate.