How to stain a wood deck
Posted: Mar 11, 2019
The staining of its outer cover protects the wood from the weather and makes the cover more attractive. Before staining the cover, remove all the cover and prepare it for staining. This includes washing the cover and sanding as needed. Examine the cover for surface wear and loose fasteners. Select a color spot on the cover that accentuates the exterior of your home. Choose a day that is warm and sunny to dye your outer wood deck.
Follow the below instructions to discover more about staining of wooden deck.
- Place a disposable cloth under the cover rail. Apply the dye to the handrails with a brush. The use of a natural bristle brush from China offers a good uniform coating without leaving brush strokes on the stain. Start the staining on top and work your way.
- Keep a wet edge when staining. This makes the mixture of stained and unstained areas transparent so that it is not observed after the stain dries. To keep a wet edge, brush the subsequent satin layer over the leading edge and return stroke over the undyed wood.
- Brush the bottom of the side rail and the vertical parts with the brush. Maintain a uniform layer, mixing the edges as you go. Stain the underside of the hand rail as they are staining the vertical parts.
- Apply stain to areas where the side rail meets the cover with a brush. Stain 3 inches around the joints to provide a base when staining the main deck. Stain the outer edges of the cover at this time too. Look at the cover for large gaps between the tables. Use the brush to dye the inside of these spaces.
- Place a tarp over the cover, and set a paint tray over the protective cloth. Fill the paint tray with the cover stain. Place the paint application pad on your paint bar, and dip the pad in the stain.
- Start at one end of the cover and apply an even coat of stain to the surface of the cover with the application pad. Use the same wet edge mix technique with the application pad as you did with the brush. Apply the dye to the longitudinal joints and not through the joints. This helps keep even a look when the stain dries.
- Plan your exit route as you are staining the main deck. Work in a way that allows you to get off the cover without having to walk on any of the stained surface. Maintain uniform layers along the entire length of the main deck.
- Allow the dye to dry for 24 hours before using the cover. Look over the entire deck and retouch any area that does not have stain.
Tips and warnings
- Other alternative methods of staining the cover are to use a sprayer or even paint rollers instead of applicator pads.
- Stain stir frequently while staining the can.
Spray paint for wooden deck
Wood deck owners who wish to give their deck a fresh fresh look can apply the paint in many different colors to suit the design needs. Like many painting jobs, preparation is vital to ensure that the paint is applied correctly and will last as long as possible. To clean the platform of as much dirt, dirt and dust as possible will help make the paint stick outside the surface better, giving it a good even coat.
Tips for spray paint
- Connect the garden hose to a high-pressure washer. Spray the deck and rails to remove dirt and grime to prepare the surface for priming. Let the time of the wood dry.
- Drop plastic cloth or rags under the cover to protect the grass or concrete below it. When using a sprayer, paint can move to other sections of your yard. It is essential to protect the area, especially if the cover is surrounded by plants or flowers.
- Mount the paint sprayer according to the manufacturer's specific guidelines. Fill the reserve of primer paint with its exterior. Paint the first rails, followed by the floor surface and finish the priming of the stairs that can be installed with the cover. Aim the sprayer 6 to 8 inches away from the surface of the wood, applying the paint to even strokes.
- Allow time for the cover to dry. Apply a second coat of primer. Inspect the cover for drip marks, which can be lightly sanded out with 120 grit sandpaper to give the cover a uniform finish.
- Rinse the clean paint tank before adding your exterior paint. Reassemble the paint sprayer and start applying the exterior colors in the same way as the primer. Apply two coats of exterior paint and allow sufficient drying time between layers. Between layer and layer, look for drip marks from the sprayer, this should be sanded out.
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