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Old 07-20-2004, 07:59 PM   #1
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Question Can I stain a 16' x 12' deck in one day?

I guess I'm going to find out tomorrow.
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:02 PM   #2
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:03 PM   #3
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I think you can though. My husband and I did a 16X16 in one day in sweltering heat last year.
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:05 PM   #4
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Thanks for both of your votes of confidence. This is DC in the summer so I'm sure there will be plenty of sweltering heat and humidity.
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:08 PM   #5
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Do you have to do much prep work? Thats the killer when it comes to painting or staining if you ask me.
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:09 PM   #6
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The deck is new...it's only been about a month and a half since it was built. I may have to clean it, but there is no scraping or sanding involved (thank God).
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:51 PM   #7
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Then you should be able to do it no problem.
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:53 PM   #8
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Aren't you supposed to wait at least 6 months on 'green' wood before staining/sealing?
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:57 PM   #9
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Home Depot told me to wait 30 days.
If I'm supposed to wait longer, someone please let me know.

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Q: If I build a deck in the fall, should I allow the wood to season until the following spring or summer?
A: No. Test dry wood with a few drops of water. If the water soaks in immediately, the wood is ready to absorb stain. If a mill glaze is present, the water drops may not absorb readily and you may have to wait for a short period of seasoning before staining. Mill glaze is thought to be a thin, resinous coating on the surface of smooth-planed lumber produced in the mill at the time the boards are planed. It is believed to be associated more with cedars and redwood, although improperly kiln-dried, smooth-planed pine may also have a resinous buildup. Cabot recommends pressure-treated wood be stained as soon as the wood is dry, usually 2-3 weeks if the wood was not kiln-dried and is purchased in a wet condition. Wet wood will shrink. For the best results, wet wood should be dried before the construction of a deck or dock. Wet wood should not be stained or painted. The moisture content of the wood should be 15% or less as measured with an electronic moisture meter before painting or staining.
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Old 07-20-2004, 09:05 PM   #10
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My 16 x 32 deck (it's JDM yo!) took me 12 hours start to finish. Be sure to use a brush or at least back brush the stain. Spraying or rolling will leave micro pores in the stain's finish that will accelerate failure. I used Cabot's Decking Stain which was Consumer Reports' #1 stain at that time. So far, it has one year and still looks good. I imagine I will get 1-2 more years out of it.

Be prepared for more work than you imagine as well. I assumed that the extra stain would spill over onto the sides of the deck boards. My first coat was rolling and back brushing the flat surface. Coats 2 and 3 were the sides of the boards so when viewing the deck from an angle, the sides of the boards wouldn't jump out to the eye as "unfinished". Coat 2 was all the "left sides" of the boards, coat 3 was all the "right sides" of the boards.

My experience was NOT fun.
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Old 07-20-2004, 09:06 PM   #11
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was the guy at home depot 15 years old with pimples?
i say no. let it weather first. wait till the spring.
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Old 07-20-2004, 09:12 PM   #12
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As long as water will penetrate, it's ready for stain. I wouldn't wait any longer. Use a pad applicator for the floor boards to make it go a lot quicker, then just brush the spindles.

edit: just brush the whole thing if you don't want to have to retouch the "sides" of the boards.
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The deck isn't quite ready yet. This will have to be an end of summer project.
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Why are you staining the deck anyway? IMO, decks look 10X better in their natural color. Just throw a quick coat of Thompson's on it every spring and you'll be good to go.

P.S. My father built a deck 20 years ago. He never stained it or treated it with any sealant. The thing probably has a good 5 or more years before the floor boards will need to be replaced. So, maybe doing anything would be a waste of time.
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My parents used to stain their deck with a sponge mop. It worked great, and made the job go very fast.
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By stain I mean Thompson's Water Sealant...or maybe the stuff Unabomber reccomeneded. I'm keeping the natural wood color.
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By stain I mean Thompson's Water Sealant...or maybe the stuff Unabomber reccomeneded. I'm keeping the natural wood color.
Good choice. I hate the look of dark, brown decks. You can slap a coat of Thompson's on in a few hours. Use a mop like fliz suggested.
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got a 10x10 deck to do this week. 3 years old and as far as I can tell it has bever been treated

anyone have some experience with sealants other than thompsons or should I just go with that stuff

gonna pressure wash it today and seal it probably tomorrow.
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:28 AM   #19
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I used Thompsons on my old deck the first year after it was built.....failed by the next spring. I switched to UGL deck stain (very little color) and sealant and it held up for 3-4 years before really showing wear.

I will say though, that the UGL product did leave the deck fairly slick in rain as it's an oily based product.

And yes, I'd wait 3 months before treating.....and whatever you do, DO NOT USE A PRESSURE WASHER TO CLEAN THE DECK!!!!!!!!!
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DO NOT USE A PRESSURE WASHER TO CLEAN THE DECK!!!!!!!!!
ah - really? so what do you recommend.
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O RLY? Why not? Since I pressure washed half of mine Monday night and was planning to do the other half tonight, I guess I'll have to finish it off, but what harm am I potentially doing? I'm using a relatively low-pressure electric one to clean off the several yeras of neglect that the previous owners left me, and it's doing OK. If that and a coat of water-seal buys me a couple years before I have to replace some/most/all of it, then I think I am doing pretty well.
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yeah PO's left a mess of my deck too - I don't want to seal the junk in
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If I were building a deck I'd use cedar so it didn't need to be stained.

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O RLY? Why not? Since I pressure washed half of mine Monday night and was planning to do the other half tonight, I guess I'll have to finish it off, but what harm am I potentially doing? I'm using a relatively low-pressure electric one to clean off the several yeras of neglect that the previous owners left me, and it's doing OK. If that and a coat of water-seal buys me a couple years before I have to replace some/most/all of it, then I think I am doing pretty well.
Some pressure washers can damage the wood if you are not really careful.
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If I were building a deck I'd use cedar so it didn't need to be stained.
Cedar loses color just like all woods if it's not treated and sealed right. Look at cedar chips that have been sitting out in the sun for a few months--same thing happens to the deck if left unsealed... but cedar is a nice color for decks for most houses.
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Then you should be able to do it no problem.
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Make sure you mix the stain extremely good. Find another bucket and repeatedly pour in and out to get all the solids that may have settled.

We just did hours with a brush for the railings and a roller on the floor.
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