Deck Staining 101: Your DIY Solution


Deck Staining 101The first step in staining your deck is to determine which look you want for your deck. Identify the type of wood that you have. If you have a hardwood, such as mahogany, a translucent stain allows the natural beauty of the wood to be accented by the stain. A pressure treated deck in good condition is enhanced with a semi-transparent allowing the grains to show. If your deck does not look the best due to aging, a semi-solid or solid would hide more imperfections and add more color. As a rule of thumb the more opaque the finish, the longer it will last but there is more of a chance for peeling. Especially if the necessary preparation is not done properly. Remember when choosing your desired opaqueness for your deck, it’s important to remember you can always change to a more opaque product, but you cannot choose a less opaque product unless you strip the deck first.

Richmond Hardware and Paint has a great selection of deck stains and preparation products from Benjamin Moore to meet all of your needs. Also, NEW this year, we are proud to introduce Ready-Seal, a transparent, Low VOC oil that is practically goof proof.

Ready Seal can be used on any properly prepared bare wood surface. It can be applied by brush, roller or spray with no need to back brush. It can be applied in direct sunlight at any temperature as long as the surface is dry and free of contaminants. You can even apply it in the dead of the winter or the dog days of summer. It can even rain minutes after applying, and it won’t harm your job.

Richmond hardware and paint carries all the items necessary to help you in your deck project.

What You’ll Need to Stain Your Deck

  • Deck cleaner with mildewcide
  • Stiff scrub brush
  • Push broom
  • Pump sprayer
  • Garden hose
  • Festool 60-80 grit sandpaper on Hardwood surfaces.
  • Festool 100-150 grit to smooth rough surfaces on pressure treated
  • Bucket
  • Stain Brush & Rollers
  • Deck Stain of your choice

Deck Staining Step by Step

  • Remove all furniture from the surface to be prepared.
  • Thoroughly sweep all debris from the deck
  • Clean the deck surface following the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Sand any areas necessary as outlined by the deck product you have chosen
  • Allow surface to dry for 48 hours before applying stain
  • Apply the stain as recommended by mfg.
  • Ready Seal allows the most flexibility when staining.

We hope this blog has been educational and informative to simplify your deck staining process and to help you achieve your desired results. Always remember the paint experts at Richmond Paint & Hardware here in Braintree, MA, are always here to help.

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