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What Kind of Stain Will Put a Shine on an Outdoor Deck?

Lorelei Nettles

Staining a deck is not like painting a wall. Quality end results often depend on the preparation of the wood, as well as buying the right kind of stain.

Using Epoxy

Stained decking
A glossy deck

Wood stains that contain epoxy are one option for getting a shine on your deck. The epoxy is mixed right in with the stain, but the product must be put on smoothly or you will see ridges.

Penetrating Sealers

Prepare a deck before staining.

A penetrating sealer is best to maintain longevity. Some products, while looking good at the start, only gloss over the top and soon wear out. For best results, prep your deck properly before putting on a penetrating sealer and choose a quality sealer.

Polyurethane Coating

Satin, semi-gloss, and high or clear glosses are the choices available in polyurethane. It should be applied after the stain is dry and comes in both liquid and spray. For a higher gloss after drying, apply a second coat.