Tips On Deck Staining

Proper and measured staining will provide your deck a strong layer of protection from wear and tear. With the right staining products - prepared and applied correctly - you can maintain and enjoy your deck for many years to come. Everything you need to get the job done right can be found at Red Star Paint & Decorating Center in Montclair, starting with Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat Stains.


Preparing Your Deck for Staining

  • Remove as many items as you can (planters, hoses, outdoor furniture, light fixtures) and then cover other non-removable  items (steps, plants, sidewalks/paths) with drop cloths.
  • Examine the deck for surface wear, cracked boards, and popped nails.
  • Make any necessary repairs before you stain your deck. As at our front desk what steps you made need to take in making those repairs

Applying the Stain
Decks by their nature are subject to extreme environmental conditions of direct sun, cool damp shade, etc., as well as heavy foot traffic. Proper care of your deck will help ensure the longevity of the finish.

Step 1
After properly preparing the wood, select an inconspicuous place on the actual wood you will be staining, and test the stain to be sure you will be pleased with the final color results. Give it a few minutes to dry and be aware of the encvironment. Shade and sun and different times of day will cast a differing light on the stain.

Step 2
First stain the vertical sections of the deck, such as the rails and posts, so that drips will not land on previously finished areas.

Step 3
Once the vertical surfaces are completed, proceed to the deck surface. For deck boards, stain two to three boards at a time to avoid lap marks. Do not stop in the middle of a board, or you will risk developing lap marks. Make sure to wipe up any excess stain.

Deck Staining Tips 

  1. The best way to apply deck stain is to use a roller or spray, followed by backbrushing to even out the stain. We can set you up at Red Star
  2. Do not let stain puddle on the surface of the deck.
  3. Stain does not stay mixed the same way paint does. You will need to stir the stain frequently during application.
  4. To ensure proper stain penetration and even drying results, avoid applying stain in direct sunlight.
  5. Very important: Soak the bottom of the deck posts in a Benjamin Moore Fresh Start® Exterior Alkyd Primer. This will give the posts added protection from the kind of ground moisture they are subjected to, and will help extend the life of the posts.