How to stain a deck

How to stain a deck

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How to stain a deck

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Project Overview

Giving your deck a new coat of stain is the best way to protect it against the elements and preserve the timber.

What you'll need:

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Done in a Day

Done in a Day

You'll need to set aside a day to comfortably complete this project


Step by Step Instructions

1 Clean the decking
2 Mix it up
3 Edges first
4 Fill in the rest
5 Finishing up
  • Step 1. Clean the decking

    Make sure the surface of your timber is clean, sanded and ready to absorb the stain. Wear gloves to avoid staining your hands and use masking tape to cover any areas that you don’t want stained.

  • Step 2. Mix it up

    Give your stain a good stir. This ensures all the pigment is evenly mixed throughout the tin and will help give you a consistent finish.

  • Step 3. Edges first

    Using a paintbrush, start by staining the edges and the corners - this is known as ‘cutting in’. Use long brush strokes along the grain of the wood.

  • Step 4. Fill in the rest

    Continue to stain the rest of your deck area. If your decking has a smooth surface, you can use a lamb’s wool applicator. Remember to work towards an open edge so you don’t paint yourself into a corner.

  • Step 5. Finishing up

    When you’re finished, remove the masking tape before the stain dries. Allow at least 24 hours before walking on your deck.

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