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Posted: 10/30/2023 7:15:48 PM EST
My new deck is ready to stain and I could use some tips/advice on the best way to do it.

Sprayer? Brush? Roller?

HELP!
fnh
Link Posted: 10/30/2023 7:44:38 PM EST
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I have done both sprayer and roller. Best is to combo. Spray rails, spindles, roll deck boards. Watch overspray.
Link Posted: 10/30/2023 10:24:25 PM EST
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I'd personally spray the whole thing. You can get a lot of work done fast with one. Cleanup is the biggest time drain.
Link Posted: 10/31/2023 6:53:32 AM EST
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New deck and ready to stain doesn’t go together.  

How new?  You should give PT lumber at least 6 months dry time. Have you picked out your sealer yet? My recommendation is Ready Seal.
Link Posted: 10/31/2023 7:38:52 AM EST
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Builder said to wait 6 weeks to stain. It's now six weeks and the more I think about it, the more I have my doubts...

The wood isn't absorbing water droplets yet, so that's telling me to wait. But on the flipside, winter is coming. I know basically zero about wood treatments and weather, so my question is: Will winter snow be a factor on the new wood? We tend to have mild winters here, so it usually doesn't snow a lot.

Thanks.
Link Posted: 10/31/2023 8:09:12 AM EST
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You need to wait at least six MONTHS. Mill glaze is another factor IIRC. You need the pores to open up.
Link Posted: 10/31/2023 8:43:25 AM EST
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I've got a 2-3 month old deck waiting for stain/sealer too... so this is totally not an OST.
Link Posted: 10/31/2023 9:38:24 AM EST
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I've always used a brush.
Link Posted: 10/31/2023 11:53:21 AM EST
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Do it in the spring/summer.  6 weeks is not enough time. Seal in that moisture and it will rot from the inside out.
Link Posted: 10/31/2023 1:22:32 PM EST
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Do it in the spring/summer.  6 weeks is not enough time. Seal in that moisture and it will rot from the inside out.
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Yeah, I already told the wife I'm gonna wait.
Link Posted: 11/1/2023 5:12:46 PM EST
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You need to wait at least six MONTHS. Mill glaze is another factor IIRC. You need the pores to open up.
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Or sand it all first.  And buy a moisture meter to check moisture level.
Link Posted: 11/7/2023 8:03:18 AM EST
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Builder said to wait 6 weeks to stain. It's now six weeks and the more I think about it, the more I have my doubts...

The wood isn't absorbing water droplets yet, so that's telling me to wait. But on the flipside, winter is coming. I know basically zero about wood treatments and weather, so my question is: Will winter snow be a factor on the new wood? We tend to have mild winters here, so it usually doesn't snow a lot.

Thanks.
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Paint it now and it will come off in sheets this spring.   Winter and the low RH will help dry it.   Wait at least six months for wet PT.   A yer tends to work well. Look into specific deck paints like Sherwin Williams Deckscapes.   Add traction additive to the mix if using on the decking boards.  Obviously only for the decking though.
Link Posted: 11/7/2023 8:44:37 AM EST
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Paint it now and it will come off in sheets this spring.   Winter and the low RH will help dry it.   Wait at least six months for wet PT.   A yer tends to work well. Look into specific deck paints like Sherwin Williams Deckscapes.   Add traction additive to the mix if using on the decking boards.  Obviously only for the decking though.
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Thanks...I'm gonna wait.

I did buy a moisture meter on Amazon. It said the wood was at 8%! As green and wet as the wood was six weeks ago, and the rain we've had every few days, there's NO WAY that is accurate.
Link Posted: 11/7/2023 9:07:59 AM EST
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Or sand it all first.  And buy a moisture meter to check moisture level.
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You need to wait at least six MONTHS. Mill glaze is another factor IIRC. You need the pores to open up.

Or sand it all first.  And buy a moisture meter to check moisture level.

Sanding isn't going to help either.
Link Posted: 11/7/2023 1:19:50 PM EST
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Sanding isn't going to help either.
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It will remove the mill glaze and open pores so the stain will absorb.
Link Posted: 11/7/2023 1:34:34 PM EST
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Thanks...I'm gonna wait.

I did buy a moisture meter on Amazon. It said the wood was at 8%! As green and wet as the wood was six weeks ago, and the rain we've had every few days, there's NO WAY that is accurate.
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Did you check it in multiple places?  I'd check some top boards and some framework boards to compare.
Link Posted: 11/7/2023 2:53:08 PM EST
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Did you check it in multiple places?  I'd check some top boards and some framework boards to compare.
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Thanks...I'm gonna wait.

I did buy a moisture meter on Amazon. It said the wood was at 8%! As green and wet as the wood was six weeks ago, and the rain we've had every few days, there's NO WAY that is accurate.

Did you check it in multiple places?  I'd check some top boards and some framework boards to compare.


I did and it was about the same everywhere I tested. Like I said, we've had rain every week since the deck was finished, so I find it hard to believe the moisture content was that low after only 6 weeks.
Link Posted: 11/7/2023 3:19:58 PM EST
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Hottest day in the summer. It will suck it in.
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