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Q. Brand new deck done by contractor. Ipe wood 5/4 x 6 deck boards spaced by the 16d nail method. Touch sanded (and I'm unclear on what that means) and stained with Messemer's Hardwood stain. Nice surface job with no overlaps, but the sides of the deck boards are hit and miss.
What's the best way to stain the sides of installed deck boards?
I've used a 2" disposable "chip brush' with fair results in the past. My Olympic sprayer leaks like a sieve at all connections so that's out.
Thank you and welcome
You problem is a tough one, and there's only so much you can do
Often when staining using a big "stainer" type brush, you can get the sides a little when doing the decking surface
Sometimes a smaller stainer is used in between first, then a larger one does the surface
The width of a nail doesn't leave much room though, you may have it as far as it will go
You might try a mini-pad, but it will be slow going, and you'll have to be careful about messing up the surface stain
Buy a bulk pack (6 usually) of spray bottles (think Windex or other household cleaner type sprayers), from the cleaning product section of local big box. Your fingers will get tired squeezing, but it will allow you to spray the stain between the boards, and just have to smooth it out with a cheap brush (also get a bulk pack , as jamming it between the boards will destroy then pretty quickly)
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