wood deck

How to paint stain a deck

house Victoria Sanchez Sep 15, 2020

Are you hoping to give your backyard an upgrade? Weather can take a major toll on your deck, especially the sun beaming down on it. This project you will need to take into consideration the weather outside, verify there will be no rain in the next week or so. We highly recommend not skipping any steps and using the higher price product, after all you get what you pay for and high quality will last a lot longer than the discount product (in most cases of course). This project is lengthy and a bit laborious so be prepared! It is well worth it, your backyard or front deck will look beautiful and be much more pleasant. Remember to take safety measures by wearing safety goggles, gloves and closed toe shoes!!

Common mistakes that can happen when staining a deck

Before we begin here are some mistakes to avoid:

  • Too lazy to clean or invest in using a pressure washer
  • Staining too much, extra coats eventually flake and peel
  • Doing this in one day- this can take up to a week depending on weather
  • Starting mid day, you will want to start in the early morning and stop at noon or your paint will dry too quickly and not absorb properly into wood
  • Using the cheapest brand, again you get what you pay for!
  • Working to fast, take your time doing steps right so you do not have to go back and fix your mistakes

Steps on staining a deck

  • Step One: Preparation

    This step is extremely important. If you do not properly prep, it will not take the stain! You will want to sweep the area and possibly use a shop vac if available to sweep/vacuum up any loose dust and debris. Next you will pressure wash the area. If you do not have a pressure washer available to you, see about renting one, this will guarantee a good clean. Let dry.

  • Step Two: Strip Deck

    This step is if you don't want to take time sanding the whole deck. You will need to sand some areas but this helps strip the overall deck in one motion. We recommend using Behr Premium wood stain & finish stripper. Follow the instructions completely. Using a paint roller for this step will help speed up the process, let sit for 45 minutes. Then you will scrub the area with a deck brush. Next use your hose or pressure washer to spray off the stiper. Be careful when using the pressure washer not to get too close to the deck when spraying, it will chip your deck.

  • Step Three: Wood Cleaner

    Wait a few hours after stripping the deck to apply the all in one wood cleaner. After you have applied the wood cleaner, rinse the area. This will take all the remaining stripper off the deck so the stain will stick better. Then you will want to rinse again until the foam is completely gone. Let dry for 24 hours.

  • Step Four: Let it dry

    Grab a cup of coffee and take a deserved break! Let furniture dry, do not rush this step!

  • Step Five: Stain the deck!

    YES!! The last step is the most fun!! Behr premium semi transparent waterproof all in one wood stain and sealer is a great long lasting product! It is one hundred percent acrylic formula which seals out the elements and harmful sun uv rays for up to 6 years!! It also saves the step in sealing, because sealer is included! Follow directions on product, apply stain to deck with a roller brush to make this step more speedy. You can hit the harder to reach or smaller areas with a paint brush. Let dry.

Now time to enjoy your hard work!! We hope your project turned out as desired and you can enjoy your deck for many years to come! Feel free to call or email us at Honey Do Painting LLC for any questions. Or if you would like to skip all these steps and have us stain your deck we would love to come out and give you an estimate! Just keep in mind our summer is almost over and all exterior projects could be pushed until next year. Thank you for reading. We appreciate you all!