How to Stain a Deck

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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 colour or stain it to protect the wood. Whatever you’re reasoning, follow the steps below to stain your deck.

staining a new deck

Staining a New Deck

If you have a new deck made of treated wood (green), you need to wait one year (one full set of seasons) before applying a stain. You don’t need to wait to stain your deck if it is untreated wood.

The first step is to make sure that the surface is clean. You’ll need to power wash the deck, otherwise, the stain won’t adhere to the wood.

The deck needs to dry before you can continue. Make sure that it is or you’ll trap moisture in the wood with the stain, which is not good.

Some stains are single application and some are dual. Most times you’ll want to use two coats because new wood absorbs the stain product and may streak.

You’ll then apply your top coat and sealer.

That’s it, you’ve finished!

Restaining and Old Deck

restaining an old deck

There are a few extra steps when you restain an old deck.

You’ll need to remove all the old stain that is on your deck. You may find pressure washing helps get rid of loose chunks.

Sanding your deck is a must! You should do this once you’ve removed as much stain as possible.

From here on, the steps are the same as applying stain to a new deck.

You’ll need to powerwash the whole deck to make sure it is clean. The surface needs to dry out before you can continue to the next step.

Depending on the product you use, you will have to apply one or two coats of the stain. You should follow this with a top coat and sealer. Always follow the directions carefully and give the proper curing times.

Whether you have an old deck needing restaining or a new deck needing a stain, you hire us to do it for you. Call Next Level Painting at 306-270-6701. We can provide you with a free estimate so you know the cost to stain your deck before starting.

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