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How to Stain a Deck – Start with a Plan

How to Stain a Deck
Categories : Interior Painting

Learn How to Stain a Deck. Or you can leave this job to true professionals. Planning to stain or paint a deck is easy when you follow these simple steps.

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1. Choose the Right Cleaning Product.

It depends on the condition of your deck or porch.

Use Stain & Sealer Remover on all exterior wood that has been previously treated or stained.

Use Deck Wash to remove mold and mildew from composite decking and unstained pressure-treated wood.

2. Choose the Right StainĀ 

The type of stain you choose depends on the appearance and durability you want to achieve.


While offering the least UV protection, clear stains provide an optimum view of the natural wood grain.


Toners provide a light color that highlights the wood grain and provides good durability.

Semi-Transparent Stains

Semi-transparent stains provide very good durability as well as a rich, pigmented color that allows the natural wood grain to show through. For severely weathered natural wood, Sherwin-Williams recommends that you apply two coats of semi-transparent stain.

Solid Color Stains

Solid color stains help cover up wood blemishes or unsightly grain while offering maximum durability. Advanced technology makes Solid Color Stain a perfect choice for composite decking.

3. Use the Right Project Materials

To properly prepare and finish your deck or porch, your project checklist should include the following items:

  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Broom
  • Garden hose
  • Drop cloth
  • Sanding sponge
  • Stiff synthetic-bristle brush
  • 4″ brush
  • Brush holder
  • Roller
  • Extension pole
  • Pump sprayer (optional)
  • SuperDeckĀ® deck care products

    Try to avoid some of the common mistakes. Even better, you can leave this job to true professionals. Call us for a free estimate

    The article is taken from our paint partner Sherwin-Williams.

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