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Old 08-12-2011, 10:08 AM   #1
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Staining Deck - what is "when rain is imminent"?

I've been working on restraining my deck (after sanding it down to new wood and cleaning it thoroughly with Cabot Problem Solver). I am using Cabot Wood Toned Deck & Siding Stain 9200 Series.

The precautions say (Full Data Sheet):
Do not apply
in direct sunlight, to hot surfaces, or when air
or surface temperature is below 50F or may
fall below 50F for 48 hours after
application. Do not apply over wet or damp
surfaces or when rain is imminent.
The wood is good and dry now, and has been taking the stain great. I can only work an hour-ish a night, as to not apply in direct sunlight. There is a chance of rain overnight, after 1am and tomorrow morning. After it gets rained on, I'll need to wait a few days for it to dry out and start again.

I guess the question is: can I stain tonight after work, or is the rain too "imminent?"


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Old 08-12-2011, 04:13 PM   #2
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I would guess an hour or two, does it say on the can how long it takes to dry?


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Imminent means it's going to happen and soon. The dry time is 24 hours but I venture to say that after about eight hours light rain wouldn't be a problem. The rain will pick up some of the oils, kind of like you see on driveways after a rain, the water gets a slight rainbow look. It won't "wash" the stain away though. I'm not condoning staining when rain is coming, however, if you follow the letter of the law with regard to weather, you'll never get any staining done. It the mid Atlantic region, common weather is hazy, hot and humid followed by pm thunderstorms to clear it out. That's a real nice product, and I try to recommend it any chance I get, and I just did this afternoon. I last used the 9203 Weathered Gray on my mom's deck, looks great and she loves it. It rained some about an hour after I put some on and it was fine.
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