It can take between 2 and 48 hours for deck stain to dry. The amount of time depends primarily on the type of stain used and the weather conditions in which the stain was applied.Continue Reading
Wooden decks benefit from a coating of stain, which protects the wood from harmful ultraviolet ray and moisture damage. Stain provides both types of protection while deck sealers often provide only moisture protection. Stain helps keep excess moisture out of the wood but allows the wood to remain hydrated enough to resist spitting and cracking, particularly when applied according to product and deck manufacturer instructions.
Acrylic-based stains dry quickly, often within two to three hours. Oil-based stains take anywhere from a few hours to 48 hours. The time frame is based on a number of factors. Outdoor weather conditions are an important consideration when preparing to apply stain to a deck. Humidity affects drying time as does the location of the deck. Many stain manufacturers suggest that stain should not be applied when the sun is directly overhead. Additionally, dryness of the deck wood affects how well the stain sticks to the wood.
Owners should also consider the difference between drying and curing time. Drying time is usually offered to indicate when it is safe to walk on the stained deck, while curing time suggests when the stain is completely dry and ready for a coat of finish or sealant.Learn more about Outdoor
To restain a deck, inspect the deck and repair it if necessary, clean the deck, then use a sprayer to apply the stain. This method takes approximately one weekend. You need a sprayer with a 2-inch brush and at least 5 gallons of stain to cover 500 square feet.Full Answer >
The best color stain for a new deck and pergola will depend on the color of the rest of the decor in the area, as well as the desired style. For example, Better Homes and Gardens recommends gray stains for a seaside look or red stains to complement brick.Full Answer >
Some stores that sell Sikkens deck stain are Home Depot and the Wood Stain & Finish Supply Center. Customers can also find authorized dealers by visiting the Perfect Wood Stain website.Full Answer >
A majority of reviews for Cabot deck stain are positive, but there are negative and mixed reviews as well. Many reviewers mention that Cabot produces two different versions of stains that are sold separately depending on the air quality in each region, while others complain of peeling after some time.Full Answer >