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Wood and Deck Stain Questions
My deck is brand new...do I still need to clean it?
Yes! New wood can have "mill scale" which is a crushing of the grain that occurs during the milling process. When you clean it, you not only remove this "mill scale", you also clean off contaminants, such as dirt, mold and mildew that the lumber can pick up during the building process.
Should I use a pressure washer to clean my deck?
Sure, it makes cleaning a lot easier and faster. Just limit your pressure to no more than 1,000 or 1,200 p.s.i. and use caution to work with the grain and never against it as it will damage the wood if you do.
What's the best way to apply the stain?
The best way is always going to be to use a brush. Spraying the stain on first will certainly speed the job up but brushing the stain as well helps to work it deep into the pores of the wood and makes your project last longer.
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Is a roller a good way to stain the deck?
Not really. Rollers were developed more with paint in mind. Using a roller will often times simply push the stain around on the surface and not force it into the pores. It can also leave a stipple effect in the finish when the stain has dried.
How do I know when I have applied enough stain to my deck?
If using a semi-transparent stain, apply only as much stain as the wood can easily absorb and take care to brush out any puddles that may form. If you put enough stain on to form a gloss on the surface, it has been over applied and will, more than likely, in time, peel.
What's the best time of the year to stain my deck?
The Spring and Fall certainly offer the easiest conditions to work in. The key is to stay out of direct sunlight, as it can make any stain dry to quickly, and to try stain when the temperatures are below 80 degrees or so.
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