To choose a deck stain color, test various colors on an unnoticeable area of the deck, consider surrounding dominant colors and choose a color that either complements or covers the wood's natural color. In addition to ch... More »

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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... More »

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One of the main differences between deck paint and solid color deck stain is that stain penetrates deeper into the wood, preventing it from holding moisture. Although paint typically lasts longer than stain, it is not de... More »

An effective way to choose a stain color is to apply the desired stain to a 1-foot section of the wood in an inconspicuous area. Allow the stain to dry to determine whether the color is right for the wood. To hide the co... More »

Some good stains for composite decking are Penofin's Knotwood Oil Finish, Behr Premium solid color wood stain and Sherwin Williams Deckscape, as noted by MasterHandyman.com. Another stain product suitable for this type o... More »

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To stain wood, decide how dark you want the stain to be, sand the wood, apply the stain and go over the area with a cloth. You need a piece of wood, sandpaper, stain, a tack cloth, a rag and a paintbrush. More »

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One of the main differences between deck paint and solid color deck stain is that stain penetrates deeper into the wood, preventing it from holding moisture. Although paint typically lasts longer than stain, it is not de... More »