How To Stain A Cedar Wood Deck Perfectly

Cedar woods are beautiful, and you can retain their beauty by adequately staining them. However, if you intend to stain your deck, you need to know the right staining techniques, the proper brushes, and the cleanup process.

Staining your cedar wood will give it durability, add beauty, and increase your home value. From choosing the suitable stains, brush, and proper application of the stain, you will find below the best method to perfectly stain your cedar wood deck.

Choosing Cedar Stains

Before choosing a stain for your cedar, you need to know the best options for staining a cedar deck. These staining options include transparent stains, semi-transparent stains, opaque, solid color stains, oil-based or acrylic stains, and bleaching stains.


Staining Your Cedar Wood Deck

Follow the steps below to stain a cedar deck properly.

     Protect surrounding areas from dripping stains 

Before you start the process of staining a cedar deck, you should endeavor to protect the surrounding areas from spills. Use an angled trim brush to get more control when applying it around the edges.

     Designate a shade for the process 

Weather conditions like heat, sun, and rain can affect this process. For example, flaking can occur when the finish is applied in direct sunlight, making it less effective. So stain in the shade, and the best time of the day would be in the morning or late in the day.

     Use brushes for proper application 

The motion of a brush forces the stains into the fiber of the wood. You can choose to use a roller or a spray for application. But you should use a brush to work the paint into the wood.

Stain and paint brushes are made with natural or acrylic bristles. For larger areas, a wide brush will be better, but it won't give you as much control as a smaller brush does.

Additionally, you should use a brush based on the type of stain you intend to use. For example, acrylic bristles are better used with latex paint or stains, while natural ones are better suited for oil-based paint.

     Rest the cedar wood after application 

After application, you should let the wood dry for a maximum of 48 hours. However, some stains will need you to rest the wood for a longer or different time. The resting time can also be affected by humidity, local climate, and weather.

     Clean up the surroundings

After application, you should rinse the roller covers and brushes with soap and warm water, especially if you used latex or acrylic stains. Finally, it would be best if you washed them with mineral spirits for the oil-based finish or an alkyl.

In cases of excess spills, ensure you keep clean rags, mineral spirit, or soapy water handy. Also, store your roller or brush in a plastic bag if you would apply a second layer of stain. It saves from extra cleaning every time.

That's A Wrap 

Following the simple guidelines mentioned above will help you perfectly stain your cedar wood deck and ensure the project comes out looking very beautiful in a couple of hours. 

When performing this process, preparation is as vital as the wood stain that you decide to select for your surface. When you take the time to prepare, you will ensure a successful result for your project.

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