Male Speaker: Love spending time in your deck, but wish it look good as new? Dont replace your deck, stain it and get a professional looking finish, everyone will enjoy without the cost.
Start by prepping and cleaning the area. Put away deck furniture or any other items on the deck. Sweep the area to remove dirt and debris. Now protect exterior walls with craft paper and painters tape to protect them from overspray and drips.
Then use a deck cleaner to remove mildew, dirt, algae and mold. If left unclean the stain will not properly penetrate into the wood surface, so this is a very important step.
Allow at least 24 hours for the wood to dry completely before applying the stain and make sure there is no threat of rain for at least 24 hours. For even drying in consistent color, avoid staining in direct sunlight or on hot surfaces.
Once your deck is clean and dry, apply the stain to a small area and allow it to dry to ensure acceptable appearance and penetration. If you are happy with the color, get to work.
First stain the vertical sections of the deck, such as the rails and posts, so the drips will not land on the previously finished areas. Then stain the deck boards. Apply one thin coat with a high quality brush roller paint pad or sprayer.
To help avoid lap marks apply the stain to a few boards at a time keeping a wet edge and then back-brush. Back-brushing works the stain into the wood and ensures the coating is even across the surface.
Stain does not stay mixed the same way paint does, so stir thoroughly and often during use. Keep in mind, more stain is not better. If you over-apply stain may peel or crack when exposed to moisture or produce a sticky surface, and it will not dry properly.
Allow the stain to dry for 24 hours. Then bring back your deck furniture and take pride in a job well done.