Sand the deck surface using the mechanical sander and 60 to 80 grit sandpaper. Work in the direction of the grain. Sanding opens up the wood pores and ensures good penetration of the stain.
Sweep the entire deck surface with the broom to remove any sanding dust.
Wipe the deck surface down using tack rags. This procedure should pick up any sanding dust which was not removed by sweeping.
Apply the Sikkens Cetol SRD Semi-Transparent stain using a natural bristle brush. Work in the direction of the grain. Keep the leading edge wet to avoid any brush marks.
Using the natural bristle brush, saturate the plank ends thoroughly with stain. Use the stirring stick to stir the stain occasionally to keep it well mixed and the color consistent.
Clean your natural bristle brush and stirring stick with mineral spirits.
Wait at least seven days before moving furniture onto the newly stained deck. This ensures the stain has adequate drying time.
Things You Will Need
- Mechanical sander
- 60 to 80 grit sandpaper
- Tack rags
- One or more gallons of Sikkens Cetol SRD Semi-Transparent Stain
- Natural bristle brush
- Stirring stick
- Mineral spirits
- Sikkens recommends applying Cetol SRD Semi-Transparent stain on one or more successive dry days with temperatures between 50 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.