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Old 07-22-2010, 12:40 PM   #1
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Help! Don't know anything about staining a deck!


Hi All,

Hopefully I'm posting this in the right subforum. My home was built 6 years ago and my wood deck is in desperate need of being restained. I'm strongly considering doing the job myself, but I have never stained a deck before.

1) Has anyone here ever stained their own deck? Is it a fairly simple process? I'm assuming I'll need to power wash the deck first.
2) Has anyone ever hired a contractor to do this project for them? I'd much rather hire a contractor but I don't even know if there are contractors that specialize in this service. Do you think it would be alot more expensive to hire a contractor?
3) What products/deck stains are best for this type of project? Do you know if contractors use a product that is better than what homeowners can buy? I want to make sure that a high quality stain is used so that I don't have to worry about this again any time soon.

I guess I just need to figure out what I am going to do. The summer is half over and I really need to get started on this project if I am going to need to start soon. Thanks in advance!

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Old 07-22-2010, 07:06 PM   #2
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we're using aspecto-coat,,, no financial interest, either

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Hi All,

Hopefully I'm posting this in the right subforum. My home was built 6 years ago and my wood deck is in desperate need of being restained. I'm strongly considering doing the job myself, but I have never stained a deck before.

1) Has anyone here ever stained their own deck? Is it a fairly simple process? I'm assuming I'll need to power wash the deck first.
2) Has anyone ever hired a contractor to do this project for them? I'd much rather hire a contractor but I don't even know if there are contractors that specialize in this service. Do you think it would be alot more expensive to hire a contractor?
3) What products/deck stains are best for this type of project? Do you know if contractors use a product that is better than what homeowners can buy? I want to make sure that a high quality stain is used so that I don't have to worry about this again any time soon.

I guess I just need to figure out what I am going to do. The summer is half over and I really need to get started on this project if I am going to need to start soon. Thanks in advance!
In a stain or paint job, it's the prep work that can make or break a job. Depending on the deck's shape, you might need to sand, replace boards, power wash, etc. You need to determine a course of action first.
Try posting photos of the deck.
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Yes, it would be a lot more expensive to hire a contractor. The money saved will be free tools you can use again and again.

It takes time, but it's pretty simple.
-Powerwash, spray cleaner with hand pump and brush in, wait, powerwash again.
-Let dry several days.
-Protect surroundings. Roll in stain. I prefer brushing. Use kneepads. Start top to bottom and don't let pool in an area.

I started with Olympic but thought it let a dry chaulky feel. Switched to Cabots austrailian oil and liked it. There are others.

You'll still have to redo it in a few years, but the second coat will protect and last longer.

Pick the color carefully. Darker colors absorb more heat. You can easily go from light to dark, but not the reverse.
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