How To Stain Your Deck
The Water Bead Test
Chances are your deck is brand new and you're going to be staining it for the first time. But not so fast! It may be too soon to seal your brand spanking new boards. What exactly do we mean by that? You wood has to be ready to accept a sealant. That may be right away or a few weeks. Applying sealer to your deck too early may result in the deck not being properly sealed.
Luckily, there is a easy way for you to tell if your deck is ready to sealant. We call it the water test. Take a few tea spoons of water, or wait until a rain shower occurs and watch to see if the wood absorbs the water. If it soaks it up, then congratulations, your deck is ready to stain. If the water beads up, then it's not ready.
Get yourself a highly rated stain, clear or color is fine. We personally recommend Sherwin-Williams products as they have a reputation for quality stains and paints, and who we trust for all of our paint and stain needs, both indoors and outdoors.
If using a clear coat, a spraying can be used to apply the coats, but it is our recommendation that a brush or roller be used for even and thorough coverage. Depending on your color, several coats may need to be applied and it is best not to apply in direct sunlight.