When staining a wood deck or other exterior wood:
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Staining your exterior wood surfaces is vital to prolong the life and look of the wood, but make sure you take the proper steps. Otherwise, you may be a little disappointed in the end results.
Prior to staining you need to thoroughly clean the wood. And what I suggest is to dilute some Flood Cleaner/Brightener Concentrate according to the instructions and brush, roll, or spray it on the wood surface.
Scrub well with a stiff nylon brush and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing off the solution. You’ll need to have at least two or three days without rain to allow the cleaned wood to dry properly.
Another option, though, is to use Flood OneCoat stain. It requires only one coat, while protecting like two. And it can be applied just hours after prep, so you can finish a staining project in just one day.
If you’re going to use more than one container of stain, get a larger bucket and mix all of the containers together. This insures a uniform color throughout the project. Be sure to periodically stir the stain during the application.
To apply the stain, you can use an airless sprayer, a brush, or roller. But if you choose the roller or sprayer method, follow up by back-brushing. This will improve penetration and uniformity of the stain. If you want to apply additional coats, simply follow the label suggestions to determine the between coat dry time.