Yes. It's important to remove all dirt and contaminants from the surface of the wood to ensure stain penetration and maximum durability. Cleaning the deck prior to staining is critical for a beautiful long-lasting finish. Shop all deck wash Shop all surface repair
If the wood has never been coated previously, it is always good
practice to sand the surface. This ensures the stain will properly
soak into the wood and have a nice uniform finish. If you have
previously stained your deck, you can place a piece of tape on the
deck and see if wood fibers pull off onto the tape. If that happens
then it is time to sand again. Shop all sandpaper Shop all stain stripper
Over time, your stain will break down and allow new stain to soak
into the wood. To test your existing stain's effectiveness, perform
a simple water test by putting a small amount of water in a few
areas of the deck. If after a couple minutes the water soaks in, the
wood is ready to be stained. If the water is repelled and just lays
on the surface your sealer is still working and you would need to
strip and sand prior to restaining. Shop all deck stain
Solid stain is much easier to recoat, as there is not a minimum recoat time like there is with the clear, toners and semi-transparent stains. You can recoat at any time to freshen up or change the colour of your solid stain with a simple cleaning and recoating of the same product.
To ensure that you have the best-looking deck, it's recommended that you take the following steps: 1. Strip off any old stain that may be on the wood. 2. Clean with a deck cleaner and sand the surface to remove any loose wood fibers and contamination; ensure that the new coating soaks in evenly. 3. Pick the finish that you want and apply accordingly.
The best method to apply stain is by brush. This ensures that the stain is applied evenly and has a nice uniform finish. If you choose to roll or spray, always make sure you back-brush. Watch the How-To Videos below for more information:
To ensure your project turns out the way you want, properly prepare a test patch area. This allows you to look at a small area to see how the finish will look. Any changes in colour or additional prep work that is needed can then be determined with minimal effort.