Wooden decks are common on many homes and cabins. Because the wood on decks is subjected directly to the elements, periodic maintenance is needed to ensure the wood lasts. Untreated wood will absorb water, which can lead to warping, discoloration and rotting, so applying a product such as oil-based stain is important to seal the wood and prevent water from soaking in. Deck stain will create a protective film on the surface of a deck, which helps it withstand the elements while giving a deck a more finished looking color.
Things You'll Need
- Deck cleaner
- Paint roller
- Paint tray
- Oil deck stain
Dislodge any debris from between the deck's boards using a chisel or other flat tool.
Sand to smooth any rough spots on the deck using sandpaper.
Sweep off the deck using the broom. Sweep along the grain.
Clean the deck with a commercial deck cleaner, then rinse the deck with a hose. Follow the instructions of the cleaner that you use. Typically you will have to apply cleaner with a paint roller, allow a few minutes for the cleaner to set in and then wash it away.
Wait for the deck to dry.
Make a plan of where you will start and finish staining so that you will not have to cross over previously stained areas.
Apply an even layer of deck stain using a paintbrush, working your way down the deck staining three or four boards at a time. You can use a paint roller and a paint tray to apply deck stain faster over large areas, although a paint brush will be more precise.
Allow the deck to dry as long as the instructions on the stain require.
Tips & Warnings
- Drying time of deck stains can vary based on the temperature, humidity, sunlight and other factors. Read the instructions printed on the cans of stain you use for more information about application and drying. Oil deck stains tend to last longer than water based stains. Aim to finish a stain job all in one work period so that the deck dries evenly. Use rags to clean up stain spills.
Water Vs. Oil Deck Stain
The choice of a stain type for your deck is likely to be influenced by a number of variables and by your...
How Is a Flood Deck Stain Rated?
A wooden deck can be a nice addition to the back of your house. Staining your deck will help protect it from...
How to Apply Stain Over an Oil-Based Deck Stain
To give your deck a fresh and more vibrant look, you can try using either an oil-based or water-based stain on the...
How to Use Linseed Oil to Finish a Deck
Linseed oil is a finish that, when applied to wood deck surfaces, causes the grain to show prominently and leaves a wet...
How to Remove Deck Stain Oil From Cement
Staining your home's deck is a good way to restore its original luster but it's also a messy job. Because wood stain...
How to Restore Deck Coating
Ultraviolet light damages decks, even the most durable woods like redwood and cedar, two of the most common. No matter which type...
Water-Based Vs. Oil-Based Deck Sealant
Sealing your deck should be a regular part of your home maintenance routine. A deck that is not sealed, or whose sealant...
The Best Ways to Clean Olive Oil Off of a Deck
Decks become stained with dirt, mold and even food stains like olive oil. The problem with olive oil is that it soaks...
Home Remedy for Oil Stain on Composite Deck
Once you've decided on composite decking, it is important to know that there are different cleaning methods for composite. Oil stains are...