Applying stain to a deck can turn an old, worn deck into a beautiful outdoor addition. Cover any house walls near the deck with plastic to protect them from overspray as well. If you want a shiny layer on the surface you should be using a translucent coating and not a transparent stain. What it does is sort of make the entire deck a little bit lighter and even up differences between boards like these two. I’m not sure what Jodi used to clean her deck first, but just make sure you scrub it down or power wash it to remove dirt, oil, or anything else that can affect the stain. Because of this, there are many time-saving spray application options available.
I also recommend wearing a mask when spraying because the stain usually tastes and smells unpleasant for several hours afterwards if you do not use the mask. Watch videos on selecting a deck stain, preparing your deck, staining your deck, and protecting the finish for years to come. If those spots of stain are left on the deck, they will show through the new finish and detract from the deck’s final appearance. Spray the bottoms of the boards lengthwise, allowing the spray to go up between the planks.
For the deck floor surface, work in sections, only as far as you can comfortably reach and follow the planks lengthwise. The Cuprinol Fence & Decking Power Sprayer is the ultimate in speed and convenience. We love it when you use our site for inspiration, but by using it, you agree that you do so at your own risk. After the deck is cleaned and washed, one more step is necessary in the cleaning process – a brightening agent (in some stores it may be called an after wash” or something similar). There are also tip extensions for some types of spray guns that allow you to spray decking without bending over too much.
We didn’t want a colored stain on the deck boards, so we applied a clear finish/sealer (Photo 9). This finish looked great and gave the decking a warm, fresh look. You do need to be careful that you use light coats of stain and only one coat is recommended. If your deck adjoins a patio or doorstep you will need to mask off the adjoining surface to protect it from any splashes.
As a precaution, wet perimeter landscaping before and after you apply Spray & Forget as instructed on the label. If your deck is getting some mildew or green moss, try a small spot to check for color changes. Grab an old board and test out your spray pattern first to make sure that you’ve got the right amount of spray coming out. Stain can be applied several ways, including with some new products that make the job a lot easier. But test it first on a small inconspicuous patch of wood to see that it does not change the color of the stain or the wood.
I obviously want to protect my investment in my fence, but I’d rather save a 1000 bucks if I can justify the spray. Cover all shrubs and patio furniture around the perimeter of the deck with drop cloths. On a deck, start with the spindles and railings first and stain the deck floor last. The paint tarp will be used to go over the rails so you can spray those too (this will save a bunch of time); it will also catch the spray as it passes through the rails.
If required, clean the surface using Woodclean, allow the surface to dry and recoat with one coat of Timber & Deck Stain. When using a wood cleaner, you can really speed the process up by using a scrub brush on the horizontal boards. Always test spot the product in an inconspicuous area of the deck and let dry to determine the actual color. The only catch is that you need to backbrush” afterwards, which keeps the stain from pooling in any place and also apparently helps work the stain into the wood.
Take the proper precautions and use adequate protection when applying deck cleaners. Even though it’s smaller, the one I mentioned above would still work great for a deck or fence. The Deck Washer Tool is a very helpful for thoroughly cleaning the deck surface. The beauty of using a paint sprayer is that I could finish all the railings in about 4 hours. If your deck has a balustrade or rail, use a brush to stain this first, starting at the top and working your way down so that any drips are brushed out as you go. Any benches or planters that are built in and can’t be moved should be dealt with next.
Power Sprayers allow you to control the width of your spray and pour in stains or standard interior or exterior paints. This requirement, combined with the low pressure and relatively small paint cup, makes the HVLP sprayer unsuitable for large projects, such as exterior house painting — unless it’s a doghouse. Now I rinse off the cleaning solution with a garden hose and high-pressure nozzle. Case in point: staining something and accidentally dropping said stain onto your sidewalk or driveway!!
Take your time and allow new pressure-treated lumber to weather for a few months and dry out before staining it. Leave stain strippers on the surface long enough to break down old finishes before you rinse it off. Lots of deck staining tutorials (like this one and this one ) recommend applying some sort of cleaner first, so I didn’t want to skip that step. You may need to hold the gun at an angle in order to properly cover inside surfaces. Before you start, check the deck boards for needed repairs such as split boards or popped-up nails.
Then grab the wand and spray the solution on the deck surface (Photo 6). Wait about 15 minutes before you start to scrub (Photo 7). After scrubbing, flush the surface with your garden hose sprayer until the deck looks clean. Pump airless sprayers are priced from about $250 for do-it-yourself models to as high as $900 for professional models. Two applications may be necessary, allowing the deck to dry between applications. That’s a lot for one product to accomplish, but brighteners will do all of that, so don’t skip using them. After cleaning the deck, you may have to use a deck brightener to remove stains and lighten darken woods.