What’s the best way to prep my wooden deck before I re-stain, how do I re-stain a deck?


Decks take a lot of abuse from sunlight and moisture – not to mention a lot of foot traffic. Every two or three years, you need to re-stain your deck to keep it looking good and structurally sound. In this video, we’ll tell you what you need to have your deck looking like new in no time.


You love to hang out on your deck. You love to have friends over. You love to BBQ. Between all that entertaining and the natural beating a deck takes from Mother Nature, you’re going to need to re-stain it every few years. First, you’ll need to check and replace any damaged or loose boards. Then you can start to remove the dirt, mildew and other contaminants that build up over time. Use water with a stiff brush or power washer, or use a premium liquid deck cleaner which works in a matter of minutes. You just apply it at full strength with a sprayer and let it sit for five to 10 minutes, then rinse it off. Let your deck dry for at least 24 hours, and you’re ready to start staining. Deck stains come in transparent, semi-transparent, solid and semi-solid colors. And there are over a hundred colors to choose from. The main difference between transparent stains is the amount of pigment they contain. If you’re using transparent stains, only one coat can be applied. If the wood is really dry and is sucking up the stain, you can apply a second coat – as long as the first coat is still wet. Once dry, don’t apply another coat, because the first coat will prevent further coats from penetrating the wood. When this happens, it creates an uneven gloss, and your stain will start to flake off. This will not look good. Use a high-quality brush, roller, paint pad or sprayer to apply the stain, and while you’re applying it be sure to stir your stain often. Stains will normally dry in 24 hours when it’s between 50 and 85 degrees. Certain stains may take longer, and high humidity can also keep the stains from drying as quickly. Avoid staining in direct sunlight and don’t stain if the forecast calls for rain less than 24 hours before you apply. For application tips and advice on the right stain for your deck and style, visit your local Westlake Hardware and ask one of our deck experts. We’re always here to help.


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