How To Stain A Deck Guilford Ct

Staining your deck has several great benefits, it helps to protect it against the ultraviolet rays from the sun, it maintains it beautiful appearance, it also helps to maintain the natural oils in the wood and extend the wood, keeping the wood from splintering and drying out early.  This is important in How To Stain a deck . deck photo

The first thing to do is to properly clean the deck, you can use a power washer, if you don’t own a power washer you can rent one for the day.  There are many eco-friendly products out there to use as a cleaning solution, it’s a good idea to visit your local paint center, talk to the sales person about the best product for your needs.  This is also an important step in How To Stain a Deck.

After you power wash the deck, be sure to let it dry fully for a day  or two.

Next, check for nail pops.  If there are nail pops, be sure to hammer them back in so that they are slightly below the deck surface. You can use a countersinking tool on the nail head to help with this.

The next step is to sand down the deck.  You can use an Orbital sander, start with medium grit paper, begin sanding on the outer edges of the deck, and start sanding by following the direction of the wood grain, if you go against the wood grain you will cause a rough texture surface, so be sure to go with the grain.  After you have completed the deck, do the same on the rails, but you can do the rails by hand or with a Palm Sander.  After the first sanding is done, I suggest going over the deck and rails one more time with a fine grit sandpaper for a very smooth surface.

The final step, applying the deck stain!  Use a roller to apply the stain, then follow with a paint brush to remove an extra stain not needed.  Be sure to use a continuous steady motion of back and forth.  Do one small section at a time and then brush it right after before moving onto next section.  Be sure to overlap the sections to blend them nicely and avoid lap lines.

I hope this article on How To Stain a Deck in Guilford Ct has helped you! If you need further help or have any questions, or perhaps you would like us to come out and give you a free professional evaluation and estimate just call or email us!

Dave Moffitt, Coastline Painters LLC  – Office (203) 458-2073 Guilford Ct








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