What's the best method for staining a pressure treated deck (10 x 24)?
It does have spindles on the railings.
Roller & brush?
Pump sprayer ?
I also want to seal it for water (Thompsons, ect)
What are some recommendation?
Also should I stain and or water seal the under side?
Best methods for underneath?
Should I do the underside first or last or at all?
Your deck is relatively small and guessing it's the only one you
Has to be rented I suppose. Not worth it for your one small deck.
That's what I would suggest.
I have heard that it works but am skeptical.
That stuff is OK but just OK. have read in other posts that it is a
waxy type finish which will come off on your clothes and such also
that it has to be replaced often.
you ask for a penetrating stain at the paint store. You can get it
tinted different colors. Apply by whatever means neccessary. use a
roller to get the stain on then then use a brush to even out and work
into the cracks. Most everyone ignores the underneath esp if it is
not visible. If you want to do it then that's your deck. If you want
more protection then spar varnish or exterior polyeruathane are used.
Take your business to a real paint store.
I have a 12'x24' deck with PT boards. Every 3 yrs or so I re-finish
it with a Behr deck stain. I use the Behr deck wash with a stiff
brush on the end of a broom handle, wash down with jet nozzle from a
hose (NOT a power washer, which I found can damage the boards!), let
dry 24 hrs, then apply the stain with a 4" brush. Stay off for
another 24 hrs.
The advantage of a brush over a roller is that you can work the stain
into the side edges between boards...not really possible with a
roller. I attached the brush to a broom handle with some duct tape so
I'm not on my hands and knees. Its easier on my back!!
I once tried a deck sprayer. It got airborne and made a mess of the
house siding before I threw that away. Plus it looked abit gloppy on
the boards and I ended up using a brush anyway to smooth it out.
If this is a new deck, make sure you let the boards dry thoroughly for
a few weeks before staining. Boards off the rack at HD will often be
wet. I stained after building so staining underneath was not possible
(ground level deck).
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