If you’re interested in DIY deck staining, you may be wondering where to start. How should you prepare your deck, and how can you ensure that your project goes smoothly?
Wonder no more! We’re here with a step-by-step guide to help you prepare your deck, sand it, and stain it! Read on, and learn the details about how to stain your deck like a pro!
. Prepare The Wood For Cleaning
Any great deck staining project must start with properly-prepared wood. It may be tempting to skip this step – or to just apply a fresh coat on top of your existing stain – but this will provide you with sub-par results.
- Start by removing all deck furnishings and other objects on your deck.
- Sand down any splintered or damaged areas with 80-grit sandpaper.
- Drive in any popped nails, or replace them with deck screws to ensure they don’t pop up again.
- Replace any severely damaged or splintered boards with new boards.
- Sweep off any remaining debris from the deck, and use a putty knife to remove any remaining material in between the cracks of the deck boards.
Power Wash Your Deck
If you have a smaller deck, you could just use a push broom or a paint roller to apply deck soap, and use a garden hose or sprayer to clean off the soap.
However, if you have a larger deck, or you need to strip away an older layer of deck stain, you should use a power washer.
Apply the deck soap to your deck, and let it soak in. Then, use a power washer to spray away the remaining soap and cleaners, and remove any remaining stain from the surface of the wood. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and use proper eye and hand protection while pressure washing.
Wait Until The Weather Is Right
You’ll want your deck to dry for at least 2 days after you wash it. Then, you’ll need another 2 days of clear weather – ideally, with temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Any rain will destroy your stain – so make sure the forecast is clear of rain.
In addition, it’s often best to apply stain outside of direct sunlight, so an overcast day is ideal.
Protect Your Home And Plants
You can use plastic sheeting to cover your plants, and you may also want to cover exposed, painted walls with sheeting to ensure that no stain splashes onto them.
After you’ve protected your home and your plants, it’s time to start staining!
Stain Your Deck
Now you’re ready to stain.
- Start by mixing your stain thoroughly, to ensure even coverage.
- Do a final sweep for debris that may have collected post-cleaning.
- Apply multiple thin, even coats of stain, over a 2-3 board section of your deck. Use a paintbrush for areas such as railings and posts, and a paint roller for larger areas of the deck.
- Avoid using too much stain at a time to ensure that it doesn’t “puddle” and ruin the finish of the wood
- Repeat this process and continue staining in 2-3 board sections until the entire deck has been stained.
That’s it! Your deck has been successfully stained. If you are looking for a deeper color and a more weather-resistant finish, you can consider applying an additional coat, but this is not usually necessary.
However, you should let the deck dry completely for at least 2 days if you do decide to add a second coat.
Revitalize That Drab Deck With This DIY Deck Staining Guide!
Every deck can use some TLC. Proper deck staining helps protect your wood against the elements, and restores a gorgeous finish to your deck – resulting in better curb appeal!
So don’t let that drab deck bring down the appearance of your home. Follow this simple DIY deck staining guide to restore your deck like a professional!