How to Stain a Wooden Deck
Enrich a wooden deck in just a few simple steps using deck stain.
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- gallon of high-quality deck stain
- drop cloth
- paint pad
- paint pole
- paint-pad tray
- 3” paintbrush
- painter’s tape
- paint stirrer
- *pressure washer for old decks
Step 1: Sweep Surface
In order to successfully stain a deck, the surface must be completely dry and clear of debris. Working on a sunny day with no forecast for rain, start by sweeping deck with broom. TIP: New decks simply need sweeping prior to staining. Old, weathered decks require pressure washing.
Step 2: Creating a Plan
Determine a starting and stopping point for easy entry onto and exit off of deck. This will eliminate any possibilities of being trapped in a corner of the deck while stain dries.
Step 3: Protect Exterior Walls
Add painter’s tape along area to where exterior wall meets top of deck. The painter’s tape will protect walls from application of stain to deck.
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