How to Choose and Apply Deck Stain

 How to Choose and Apply Deck Stain

If your wooden deck is fading or peeling, a new coat of stain goes a long way to restoring it to beautiful condition! But how do you choose and apply deck stain?

You may be overwhelmed by all the choices in staining products, or by the prospect of a deck staining project. Well, it’s easier than you think to choose and apply deck stain.

As an additional bonus, staining your deck regularly will help protect the wood from moisture, traffic and sun damage, extending the life of your deck.

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The type of stain you choose depends on the appearance and durability you want to achieve. Not sure which stain to choose for your project? Here’s a quick guide from Duckback:

1) Transparent Stains

Choosing Stain - Transparent Stain

Transparent Stains provide a light color that highlights wood grain and provides good durability.


2) Semi-Transparent Stains

Semi-Transparent Stains provide very good durability as well as a rich, pigmented color that allows moderate hide while enabling the natural wood grain to show through.


3) Solid Color Stains

Choosing Stain - Solid Color

Solid color stains help cover up wood blemishes or unsightly grain while offering maximum durability with opaque opacity.


How to Apply Stain:

Follow these steps to protect your outdoor living space while enhancing the beauty.

  1. Ensure your deck has been cleaned properly. Before applying stain, sprinkle some water on the deck. If the droplets sink in, the wood is ready to be stained.
  2. Working with the wood grain, apply an even coat of stain using a 4-inch brush. You may also use a roller to first apply the stain, and then work into the wood with your brush.
  3. Always read the product data guide. This guide provides complete product details and instructions. The Product Data Guide can be found online at
  4. For best results, avoid staining at midday or in direct sunlight.
  5. Depending on temperature and humidity, allow 24 – 48 hours of dry time before using your beautifully stained deck.



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