When to Stain Your Deck

The best time to stain your deck is either the spring or the fall. If you stain your deck in the summer, make sure you do it out of the direct sunlight. Applying a deck stain in direct sun will cause the stain to dry to quickly and can result in premature stain failure. In the summer, stain your deck in the morning or evening so the deck surface isn’t too hot. Remember, the surface temperature of the deck can be much hotter than the air temperature. Also, make sure there’s no chance of rain so your hard work doesn’t get washed away.

6 Comments

  1. Kathie Wise says:

    I used Behr stain last summer on my new cedar deck. Why are some planks peeling?

    • defyadmin says:

      Kathie, did you follow all the prep instructions? How long did the wood weather before you applied the stain? Sometimes cedar can be a difficult wood to penetrate due to its oily nature. Allowing the wood to weather for at least 3-6 months can help. You may try using a stain with smaller resins that can penetrate hard or oily wood types better like DEFY Deck Stain for Hardwoods. Also, try using a car wash brush to apply as this really forces the wood down into the wood pores, helping the stain bond better and last longer.

  2. Julie raines says:

    We applied one coat of Defy extreme stain last fall to our weathered, new deck, and per recommendations by this website, we have waited to do rest. We want to finish the process now. Do we need to clean and brighten, or only brighten? and do we do 1 or 2 coats of stain?

    • defyadmin says:

      Julie, apply the Wood Brightener, wait 5 or 10 minutes, and then rinse it off. Allow the deck to dry out for 12-24 hours and then you should be able to apply a single maintenance coat. You’ll want to apply only as much stain as the wood can absorb. If it looks like it can absorb more than 1 coat, you can do 2 wet-on-wet coats, but typically for maintenance coats, 1 coat is sufficient.

  3. Peter Lynch says:

    Do you have a recommended range of temperatures for applications – i.e. in the fall do not apply when temperature is less than X or if it is doing down that night below Y – do not stain ???

    • customerservice says:

      Peter, We recommend applying stain in temperatures above 45 degrees, ideally it should stay above 45 degrees for at least 12 hours.

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