How to Stain a Deck After Pressure Washing

Bring a deck suffering from serious weathering back to life with the application of fresh stain. Home-improvement centers and paint outlets offer color choices for outdoor staining projects. Allow the deck a couple of hours to dry after a low-pressure power washing. Staining and sealing the deck enhances the look and increases durability. Most homeowners are able to apply stain in a few hours.

  1. Apply stain to the railings and banisters with your small paint brush or sponge. Use a dry rag to wipe off excess from the railings and banisters and clean drips from the flooring.

  2. Add stain to the floor with your large paintbrush or long-handled roller. Brush the entire length of the deck board to avoid uneven coloration. Stain two or three boards at a time. Wipe all excess stain with dry rags. Add a second layer to the wood for a darker color. Wait 24 hours for the stain to dry completely.

  3. Apply an even layer of deck sealant to all surfaces with a brush or paint sprayer. Let the sealant dry for the time recommended on the label of the can.

  4. Place a few drops of water onto the surface to test for quality of repellent. If the water beads, you are finished with the project. If the water soaks into the wood, apply another layer of sealant. Reapply deck sealant every three to five years for maximum water-repelling strength and protection.

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