Giving your deck a new coat of stain is the best way to protect it against the elements and preserve the timber.
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You'll need to set aside a day to comfortably complete this project
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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