If you haven’t already noticed, spring is in full swing, which means it’s time to get out the grill and the patio furniture. But first, show your deck some much needed love after the beating it took over the winter months. Follow our simple tutorial, and you can have a bright and clean “looks like new” deck over the weekend.
- 80-grit sandpaper, power sander
- Garden hose
- Deck cleaner, optional
- Tape measurer
- Sponge paint roller
- Bristle paint brush, for smaller areas
- Stain of your choice
Step 1: Prep your deck first by removing any glazes and smoothing the deck’s entire surface with 80-grit sandpaper. Next use a garden hose to rinse off the deck. For any stubborn dirt, use a special deck-cleaner.
Step 2: Measure the length and width of your deck, adding in the measurements for stairs and railings. Use these measurements to help determine how much stain to buy. Be sure to purchase enough stain for at least two coats. Save any extra for future touch-ups.
Step 3: First test the stain in a small, hidden area to see how it will look when it’s dry. Then start applying the first coat to the railings and posts, to prevent any dripping onto areas that are already finished. Next apply to the floor boards, vertically with a paint roller. Be careful not to stop midway or you could risk mismatched colors.
Step 4: After the first coat is completely dry (about 4 to 6 hours, depending on temperature and humidity), begin applying the second coat in the exact same order as step 3. Once the second coat is applied, stay off the deck for a full 24 hours.
To help maintain your deck post-staining, it’s important to keep it clean of dirt and use a garden hose as needed (no power washers). In the winter, avoid any metal snow shovels that can strip away the finishing.