There are 3 important steps to staining your deck:
- Prepare the deck by cleaning it prior to staining. Always use a top quality deck wash or wood cleaner. Make sure to rinse thoroughly with clean water and let dry for 2 to 3 days. Sand smooth any rough spots and tighten up any loose fasteners. If the deck boards are nailed down, hammering them back down will eliminate any safety hazards.
- Apply stain when air and wood surface temperatures are between 50° - 90°F. Avoid applying in direct sunlight or if rain is in the forecast over the next 12-24 hours. Use a natural bristle brush for best results.
- Stain the open-end grain of the boards first then brush 2-3 boards at a time from one end to the other in long smooth strokes. To avoid lap marks, make sure to keep a “wet edge” and brush the wet stain into the “wet edge”.
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