With the condition of wood surfaces varying widely, some DIYers hesitate when it comes to prepping their wooden decks before staining. But properly preparing your deck surface has many benefits.
Learning to prepare your wood deck for stain beforehand usually results in a more beautiful stained surface. It also ensures maximized stain performance over time.
Learn how to prepare your wood deck for stain from Benjamin Moore to help you achieve a beautiful and professional finished result.
1) CLEAN off Stains from Mold and Mildew
CLEAN is a maintenance cleaner that safely removes stains from mold and/or as well as water stains. Plus, it is multipurpose and effective on siding, shakes, outdoor furniture and more.
2) BRIGHTEN by Removing Tannin and Rust Stains
BRIGHTEN is used to break the shiny, tough-to-penetrate “mill glaze” on new wood and ensure deck stain adhesion. It also removes tannin and rust stains. Are you staining a tannin-bearing wood? BRIGHTEN counteracts the darkening effect of RESTORE and REMOVE by neutralizing the pH of those formulas.
3) RESTORE Severely Weathered Wood
RESTORE is a gentle, bleach-free formula that quickly restores severely weathered and grayed wood decks to their natural color. And, it prepares the deck’s surface for re-coating by removing tannin bleeding, discolored surface fiber, and stains from mold and/or mildew.
4) REMOVE Latex and Oil Finishes
REMOVE is a fast-acting formula for peeling oil or latex stain, varnish, and clear wood finishes. It also removes damaged and discolored wood fibers to prepare the surface for re-coating.
REMOVE may darken some wood types. If desired, use BRIGHTEN to restore the deck wood to its natural color. Do not dilute REMOVE on surfaces with multiple coats, solid or semi-solid stains.
Sources: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/project-ideas-inspiration/exteriors/decks-ideas-and-inspiration, https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/contractors/job-solutions/deck-stain