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How to Stain a Wooden Deck

Enrich a wooden deck in just a few simple steps using deck stain.

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Materials Needed:

  • gallon of high-quality deck stain
  • broom
  • 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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