Your Own Stroke of Brilliance
If you're looking for an effective,
simple and affordable way to spruce up your deck, here are a few
staining techniques to inspire you!
Exterior Semi-Transparent Stain in:
-Natural Tone Cedar
Deck Stain: same colours as above.
masking tape, pole sander, hand
sander, utility knife, rags, straight edge or
ruler, 8 – 2 ½" bristle brushes, disposable latex gloves
Make sure there have been at least
5 consecutive dry days prior to beginning any exterior staining project.
Rent or borrow a moisture meter from your local Benjamin Moore dealer to
test the wood surface you'll be staining if you are unsure of its
6 Easy Steps for a
- Sand deck thoroughly to remove any dead
wood fibres or mill glaze (if deck was previously finished, existing
finish must be completely removed). Lightly wash deck to remove any
- Determine where the floor pattern will
be scored into the deck surface. Try to work with the natural lines of
the deck. The less you have to work against the grain, the more
successful the project will be. Draw your pattern on the deck with a
- Use a utility knife and ruler to score
the pattern on the deck surface. The cuts don't have to be more than
1/32" thick, but must be deep enough to be seen.
- Tape off the patterned areas you're
going to stain. Select your choice of stain colour. We chose Hamilton
Blue, Natural Tone Cedar, Seagull Gray and Birch White, all in
Benjamin Moore's Exterior Semi-Transparent stain. Be sure to use Deck
Stain on the Deck. This product has more scuff resistance than the
regular semi-transparent stain.
- Begin by staining the vertical surfaces
first. Exterior stain lasts longer when it is applied lightly, so
"less is more" in this case. Use a brush to apply the stain,
as this will help achieve better penetration. Remember, when you start
to apply stain to a board, you must finish its entire length. If you
stop in the middle, you'll run the risk of lap marks.
- Follow by working on the horizontal
areas applying stain in the same manner as on the vertical surfaces.
To apply stain in the scored areas, brush in the lightest colour
first, then apply all other colours. Simply brush the stain at the
edge of the scored line. Tape can be applied along this line if you
don't have a steady hand.
- When brushing on two different stain
colours that are adjacent to each other, start with the lightest
colour first, then use the next darkest, etc.
- Always begin staining the raised
sections so that drips will not land on previously finished areas.
Compliments of: Hyde Park Paint & Paper,