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The Ultimate Guide to Staining Your Wood Deck


Wooden Deck

Tips and Tricks from Shamrock Paints, a Benjamin Moore Paint and Home Decor Store in Staten Island, NY


Summer is almost here, and you know what that means: it’s time to take your outdoor hosting game to the next level. After all, what better way to enjoy the warm weather than by having a BBQ or outdoor get-together with loved ones? If you’re looking to add some extra pizzazz to your backyard, you might want to consider staining your wood deck. Not only is staining a great way to protect your deck from harsh UV rays and moisture, but it also adds a fresh pop of color that can uplift the entire look of your backyard. In this blog, we’re going to guide you through the step-by-step process of how to properly stain a wooden deck and fences!


Step 1: Surface Preparation

Before you even think about staining your deck or fences, you need to make sure all surfaces are adequately prepared. Start by removing all debris, such as leaves, branches, and dirt. Then, wash surfaces with a wood cleaner to remove any loose or chipping old stain before you proceed with sanding. You can use a pressure washer for added cleaning, but be careful not to hold it too close to the surface to avoid unwanted damages to the wood! Do not even think about skipping the prep step! Proper preparation is 90% of a quality stain job!


Step 2: Choosing the Right Stain

It is essential to choose the right type of stain that will work best for your wooden deck or fences. To make sure you are getting the best quality stain, visit either of our locations, where our Benjamin Moore experts will help you pick the right type of stain that will add both beauty and protection. There are two main types of stain to consider: semi-transparent and solid stains. Semi-transparent stains show the natural grain of the wood, while opaque stains or solid stains will cover up the grain of the wood more! If neither your deck or fences have ever been stained, one coat of quality oil-based stain is recommended for they absorb into surfaces and do not peel.


Step 3: Application

After choosing the right type of stain, it's time to get to work on your surface. First, find a nice working location that is not in direct sunlight; a nice shady, outdoor spot is ideal. Then you can start by giving your stain a good stir to make sure the color is evenly distributed. You can either use a brush, a roller or a spray gun to apply your stain. Ensure that you apply the stain thinly and evenly, being careful not to apply it too heavily as it may lead to uneven or blistered drying results.


Step 4: Drying and Touch-ups

Once you've completed the staining process, make sure to give your deck and fences ample time to dry completely before walking on, replacing any outdoor furniture, or touching them. The drying time can take up to 48 hours. During this time, it is essential to protect all surfaces from water or foot traffic as much as possible. You also want to keep an eye out for any touch-up spots that may require some extra attention. The experts at Shamrock Paints can help you figure out any necessary touch-ups to ensure your deck and fences look aesthetically pleasing!


Step 5: Upkeep

Once your deck and fences are stained, it's time to ensure they receive proper upkeep protection. Make sure to sweep off any debris and perform regular cleaning to avoid moss and mold. You can use specialty wood cleaners to get the best results. If you notice any spots requiring touch-ups while cleaning, get in touch with us so we can make sure all surfaces maintain their longevity and aesthetic appeal!


Now that you know how to stain wooden decks and fences like a pro, it's time to get started and give your backyard the facelift it deserves. Make sure to visit one of our two Staten Island locations where you can find the best quality Benjamin Moore products and unmatched customer service. Whether you're looking to add some color and protection to your decks or fences, or completely revamp your backyard, we are always here to offer expert advice and guide you through the process to ensure you get the best results.


Happy staining!



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