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Mstrlucky74 06-06-2013 06:14 PM

Staining deck with ???
 
I am getting ready to stain my fairly large deck this weekend. What is the best method to apply the stain to the decking and the spindles? I have heard mixed opinions about using a roller. I used a lambs wood type of pad on my desk when I stained it and it went in great. Thanks

MTN REMODEL LLC 06-06-2013 07:31 PM

If it's a stain, I like a pad applicator.

Awoodfloorguy 06-12-2013 04:40 PM

I agree the deck pads work very well for this. I don't think their is a better option.

Mstrlucky74 06-13-2013 05:32 AM

Use the pad for the spindles as well? Thanks

KD PAINTING 06-13-2013 09:21 PM

Staining deck with ???
 
Pads are great, using a roller works well as too.

Good Luck!

Mstrlucky74 06-20-2013 09:39 PM

Any advice on what technique to use when applying the stain with the pad? Long strokes, overlap etc.? Staining tomorrow. Thanks

Gymschu 06-20-2013 10:18 PM

Actually, a roller works quite well. The key is to BACKBRUSH your work. With a pad you have to be careful of snagging it on splintered wood. With a roller, you don't have that problem. A standard 9" roller sleeve with a 1/2 inch nap works fine. A whizz 4-inch roller works well on spindles. Those things hold lots of paint and do a nice job of getting all 4 sides of a spindle. Not knocking the pad, that's a great option, but a roller works well too.

jeffnc 06-20-2013 11:56 PM

Consider that there are 3 basic things you need to accomplish whenever you paint or stain (depending on what you're doing, you can accomplish 2 or even all 3 in one motion).

1) get paint/stain from container to your surface
2) work the paint/stain into the surface
3) give it a good surface finish

For example, you could use a roller to do 1), and then brush back over it to accomplish 2) and 3).

Or you could use a pad or brush to do 1) and 2), and then use a longer stroke with the pad or brush to smooth it out (3).

Or a super fast method would be for 1 person to spray on the stain (1), and a second person use a brush or pad to do 2) and 3). (This is in fact how some pros paint houses.)

By the way, I think a stain mitt is the best way to apply stain to spindles/ballusters.

Gymschu 06-21-2013 12:10 PM

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cdaniels 06-22-2013 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Gymschu (Post 1204747)
Actually, a roller works quite well. The key is to BACKBRUSH your work. With a pad you have to be careful of snagging it on splintered wood. With a roller, you don't have that problem. A standard 9" roller sleeve with a 1/2 inch nap works fine. A whizz 4-inch roller works well on spindles. Those things hold lots of paint and do a nice job of getting all 4 sides of a spindle. Not knocking the pad, that's a great option, but a roller works well too.

^^^^^what he said.Rollers and backbrushing the decking boards.I don't backbrush the spindles though the 4 inch does fine on it's own.Uswually can get pretty much every bit of them with the Whiz.I have no experience with a pad so I don't know.I tend to stick with what works for me.

Jmayspaint 06-22-2013 10:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Mstrlucky74
I am getting ready to stain my fairly large deck this weekend. What is the best method to apply the stain to the decking and the spindles? I have heard mixed opinions about using a roller. I used a lambs wood type of pad on my desk when I stained it and it went in great. Thanks


It will depend also on the type of stain you are using.
With any thicker bodied stains, like solid or semi solid, a roller is the way to go. I like mini rollers for pickets.
Thinner stains like semi-transparently or toners, don't roll so well because they are so thin. That's why pads are used, or you just brush it.
If you said what type, I missed it.


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