staining a deck

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05-16-2010 05:35 AM

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I bought a house with a deck that was built out of pressure treated lumber. I was told that we should wait a year before staining, is that true? When we do stain the deck, should we stain the underside of the deck?


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05-16-2010 02:06 PM

Welcome to HR, Wintersedge. If the deck is new, then yes, wait a year for it to dry sufficiently. If the deck is too wet, the stain won’t penetrate properly and you’ll be stuck with a mess and a waste of money. If the underside is high enough for people to walk under and see it then yes. Just buy a cheap garden sprayer, and spray the underside. It will save time and since it is not exposed to the sun will hold up well.
The top sife, use rollers and brushes to get good penetration. Don’t forget to power wash first, both top and bottom to remove grit and grime before you stain any of it.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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05-16-2010 02:18 PM

Thanks for the advice!

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05-18-2010 06:34 PM

I made that mistake. I thought leaving it for a few months would be adequate. While the stain has taken for the most part, I found the stain worn away at the ends of the boards this spring. DOH! Good thing I still have a can. I’ll wait until fall before I reapply.

-- Mike - Minimum code = Barely adequate.

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