Quick Answer: Do You Have To Seal A Deck After Staining?

How do I protect my deck after staining?

No matter the age, always make sure your deck is sealed.

Seal your deck to protect it against moisture from rain and dew, which will cause the wood to swell.

Sealing the deck will also protect it against the sun, which can shrink and dry the wood..

How long does Thompson’s Water Seal last?

Stains with more pigment will last longer, but show less of the natural wood grain. Transparent stain is guaranteed for three years, semi-transparent stain is guaranteed for four years, and the solid stain is guaranteed for five years.

Is it better to stain or seal a fence?

Although a wood stain is more expensive than a sealer, it can last up to 5 times longer and looks more professional. So you certainly get your money’s worth. Here at DeckMaster™, we recommend using wood stains for your deck and fence maintenance.

Should you put a sealer over stain?

Most stains should be sealed to prevent bleeding. After smoothing the stained wood, apply a sealer coat of thinned shellac, sanding sealer, or other appropriate sealer. Do not use shellac with NGR or water-base stains. If you plan to finish the piece with polyurethane, make sure the sealer is compatible.

Do I need to seal my fence after staining?

While a good quality stain alone is sufficient to protect your fence from everyday wear-and-tear, applying a durable sealant over the stain can prolong the finish—and the life of your fence. For best results, apply a single coat of clear, weatherproof sealant by brush, roller, or sprayer.

How much does it cost to reseal a deck?

If you stain the deck floor, you will need to reseal it every two years to prevent cracking and peeling. The costs to apply sealer or both stain and sealer are: $300 to $400 for a 250 square foot deck. Add in staining for $400 to $600 total.

Do you need to power wash a deck before staining?

Pressure washing can help, but if you want your stain to last, using a good deck cleaner and brightener on the deck prior to pressure washing will provide you the best result. A good deck cleaner can remove the gray fibers, dirt, mold, mildew and other impurities deep in the wood.

Should you seal both sides of wood?

Both sides of the board will adjust reasonably rapidly whether they’re finished or not. (This is not to say that you shouldn’t finish both sides, especially if the underside or inside will be seen or touched. A finished surface looks and feels nicer to most people than an unfinished surface.)

Can I stain my side of the fence?

Use a semi-transparent stain, ideally covering as much of the fence as possible. If you can’t get your neighbors to buy into the project, it may be possible to do just your side but no matter how careful you are, you may get some stain on “their side.”

How do I get mud stains off my deck?

To treat a stubborn stain, mix just enough warm water with a small amount of powdered oxygen bleach to make a paste. Apply directly on the stain with a stiff-bristle brush and leave it on for 30 minutes, then rinse. Sweep away dirt promptly.

Does a deck need two coats of stain?

The general rule of thumb is to apply only as much deck stain as the wood can absorb. Typically this will be 2 coats, unless your dealing with extremely dense hardwoods which may only be able to absorb 1 coat of wood stain. Watch this video to see more tips on how many coats of stain to apply.

How often should a deck be stained and sealed?

For most decks, sealing once each year is a good rule of thumb. Depending on the condition of your deck this can be adjusted, but keep in mind that you should never go beyond three years maximum before re-sealing and staining.

What is the difference between sealing and staining a deck?

A deck sealer is typically a clear or transparent finish that either penetrates into the wood or forms a clear film on top. … A deck stain has the same water-resistant qualities that a deck sealer does. A deck stain, however, has added pigment or tone, which gives the stain some color.

Which deck stain lasts the longest?

Opaque: Also called “solid,” this stain contains the most pigment and it will protect the wood longest, requiring recoating only every four to five years. It’s also the densest and will hide the wood grain completely.

How much does it cost to stain a deck yourself?

Cost to Stain a DeckStain a Deck CostsNational Average Cost$750Average Range$550-$850Minimum Cost$300Maximum Cost$1,000May 4, 2020