The fall season is a great time to stain or re stain your deck. Lower humidity, drier air and cooler nights not only make it more enjoyable for those of us actually doing the physical labor but the stain is going to dry faster which may actually allow you to stain in the morning and entertain on your newly re stained deck that same evening.
You may remember when we introduced you to our tiny bungalow before. Well, this is the back of the tiny bungalow in it’s original state when we purchased it as a rental property. Needless to say, you can see by looking that this old deck wasn’t safe enough to enjoy and it was very uninviting. It was the first home improvement project as landlords that was on our to do list before we could rent it out. You will see in an upcoming post how Dean demolished this deck and rebuilt a brand new deck from scratch.
It has been a couple years since we had stained the deck the original time so it was overdue for a refreshed look. We have so many home improvement projects going on at once and several in the pipeline that we knew we had to schedule this diy project on the calendar and we wanted to finish this project as quickly as possible. Originally, we had planned time to properly clean the deck with deck cleaner to remove all the dirt and soil that had accumulated on the surface. However, that would involve a few more days to allow it to completely dry then apply the stain. Unfortunately, that wasn’t a good fit for our schedule since we were looking at a 12 hour road trip to see our daughter dance at her last college homecoming game last weekend. We opted for an easier and faster way and ended up getting great results. The best part…we were done in an hour and clean up was super easy!
We first swept all of the surface dirt and leaves off with a stiff broom. Getting in between the cracks took a little longer than expected due to all the acorns and leaves from so many trees surrounding the deck. If you wanted to speed the process up a little faster, you can just use a gas or electric leaf blower. The black ring stains below gave us a little concern that stain alone (without using a deck cleaner) would be able to cover this up but a couple coats did the trick. Typically, with stains like this it would be better to use a deck cleaner and spray off with a hose.
We were recently introduced to a company called HomeRight which has amazing products. They have thought of everything when it comes to making all the upkeep and diy projects that comes with home ownership a lot easier and faster to do. It may depend on the size of your deck and the prep work you need to do prior to staining but overall this is how to re stain a deck in less than an hour using these products.
The Deck Pro StainStick with Gap Wheel and the 12″ Flat & Gap Stainer can be purchased at Lowe’s.
Stiff bristle broom
By drawing stain directly from the can into the stain stick you eliminate the going back and forth to the can or paint tray and also dripping paint on the deck. The Deck Pro with Gap Wheel attached to the StainStick feeds the stain to the applicator. The handle extends out to 54 inches which eliminates a lot of bending over.
The gap wheel product is designed to get the stain in between the boards. The first time we stained this deck two years ago, we were using a paint roller but mostly painted it all by hand with a regular paint brush. You can imagine how much time we saved this time.
We thought the gap wheel was a brilliant idea to get the stain in between the boards but we also used the 12″ flat applicator for staining the entire surface which made the job go even quicker because it stains two boards in one pass. Because we were doing this in our fall season with less humidity in the air, the stain dried quick enough to apply another coat for better coverage.
We were so happy with the results in such a short amount of time. Anytime we can save hours of our time without compromising on quality, we are all in!
Clean up was a breeze. We simply pushed the extra stain that was in the StainStick back into the can then suctioned the clean water into the StainStick to rinse. Dean had a little too much fun with this part where I had to watch my back when he took the applicator off and turned it into a water gun!
Our sweet young renters have decorated the deck with outdoor string lights and adorable vintage seating. They use this area many evenings for members of their church to congregate for bible study.
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