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How To Stain And Seal Your Wooden Deck

by Sheila Vasquez

If you are committed to maintaining the hardscaping elements of your landscape, you'll want to properly protect your deck. By applying a stain and sealer to the surface of your wooden deck, you can enhance its appearance and give it a tough, long-lasting coating. Often you can do this all at one time, since many manufacturers combine the stain and sealer into a single product. Depending on your own preferences, you can use either a water-based stain and sealer or one that is oil-based. Regardless of the one you choose, the application method is the same. But it's important to note that water-based stain and sealer generally doesn't last as long as oil-based products. On the other hand, it usually takes less water-based stain and sealer to cover a deck. Protecting your deck in this way helps it to resist fading, repel water, stand up to wear and tear, and resist mold and mildew. The following steps will show you how to do this.

What You Will Need

  • Pressure Washer

  • Sandpaper

  • Deck Stain and Sealer

  • Paint Tray

  • Paint Stick

  • Foam Applicator

  • Long Handled Foam Applicator

  • Mineral Spirits

  • Warm Water

Step 1. Clear everything off the surface of your deck.

Step 2. Carefully inspect your wooden deck for damage and repair any problems you see. You should replace any warped or rotting boards. Any loose nails should be driven back into the deck and any loose screws tightened down. Use sandpaper to smooth out any chipped areas or rough spots.

Step 3. Use a pressure washer to remove your deck's previous coating and any mold and mildew. Then allow the deck to dry completely before you proceed.

Step 4. Open your stain and sealer can and use a paint stick to mix it thoroughly. You want to make sure that all the various color swirls have been blended together.

Step 5. Fill a paint tray halfway full. Tightly closed the lid on the bucket and place the bucket away from the deck so you can't knock it over.

Step 6. Dip a foam applicator into the paint tray and apply the mixture to any hard-to-reach locations on your deck. This can include things like deck posts and bench legs.

Step 7. Dip a long handled foam applicator into the paint tray and use it to coat your wooden deck's planks with the stain and sealer. Start on one side of your deck and work your way toward the other, making sure that you apply the mixture to one plank at a time, working along its entire length and going with the grain. Do not apply too much in one spot or it may puddle.

Step 8. Allow the stain and sealer you applied to dry according to the manufacturer's directions. If necessary, apply a second coat after the first coat has dried.