I have a 5 year old PT deck, 5/4 boards. The last time I stained it, 2
years ago, there where really bad lap marks. The stain had brownish tint,
behr I think.
I have removed all the old stain and washed and sanded where needed. I was
thinking of using some cabot clear solution, natural tone stain. oil based.
Not clear, it has a brown tint to it.
I'm afraid that I'll end up with bad lap marks again. Any tips on how to
prevent lap marks when staining?? or should I use a completely clear stain
from olympic or someone else. Thanks for your help.
don't stain on a hot day and always start a fresh stroke on a wet edge
taking care not to "double layer" the stain. if you get excess buildup
just go over the area with a dry rag. another way around it would be to
apply with a roller and brush out.
In addition to the excellent advice above: stir your cans frequently.
When you're down to about 1/4 can and know you'll need another one, open
the next can, stir well, and add about half to the 1/4 full can and stir
well. Otherwise, you may notice that the boards stained with the dregs
of a can are darker than the ones painted with a full can.
Yeah, you can use a roller, idealy one that's one or two boards wide.
The length of the boards will determine whether you need a really thick
Otherwise, do what others have suggested.... work entire boards instead
of stopping in the middle, and work when the surface [the wood] is
cool. Heat and direct sunlight are your enemies.
I've tried power sprayers and found that, at least for me, it was too
annoying trying to control overspray and covering everything I didn't
want stain on. You'll have much more control with a roller, or you may
want to try one of those garden sprayers that you pump up. Just don't
pump up the pressure really high.
The cabot will do the same if you use a roller on a hot day. Experience
I was advised to spray it on and not use a roller.This was by a friend, the
paint store owner.
IMO if you used a smaller roller and went the entire length of each board on
a moderate day you might get away with using a roller. That is what I plan
to try next because I will kill my fish if I use a sprayer.
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