Easieast way to apply deck stain?

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Old 04-06-05, 04:59 PM
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Easieast way to apply deck stain?

I'm planning to apply a Cabot deck stain on a 600 square foot deck. The deck is made of Pressure Treated Pine and it's roughly 3 yeras old. Two years ago it was powerwashed and stained. My question is what is the easiest way to stain a deck this size? Brush? Roller or do I apply it with a sprayer?

Please keep in mind I've never used a sprayer before, and I'm afraid I'll apply the stain unevenly if I apply it with a sprayer.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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JRod
 
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Old 04-06-05, 07:25 PM
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You'll want to brush rails and whatnot

A paint pad, those are great for the deck surface, and easy to use
Get a stick for it, or use a broom handle

If you spray or roll you'll have to "back brush" it anyway, to even it out
 
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Old 04-06-05, 07:32 PM
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Thanks for the tip Slickshift...

Is this a general paint pad that you use to paint interior walls with? Or is this a special purpose tool? Doesn't this suck up too much stain on the pad?

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Old 04-06-05, 07:43 PM
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It sucks up a bit, and it could get messy if you were not doing a "floor"
Because it's on a pole and your tray is right there it's not an issue
It just easier because it's harder to mess up, it's quick, you're standing up, there's no overspray to worry about...

The pads themselves vary in quality and make a big difference
The Wal*Mart pad won't cut it
I like SureLine, but I'm sure your local paint shop will have something good
ShureLine used to have indoor and outdoor pads
They've gone to one stock number, it's still pretty beefy
I get the "outdoor" if it's available
 
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Old 04-06-05, 08:17 PM
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Get a Painters Mit

If you have lots of spindles holding up the deck railings, I'd strongly recommend a painters mit for those. It's a glove that is padded like a painting roller. Be sure to use a good pair of rubber gloves when putting your hands in the painters mit because you don't want to get much stain on your skin or you could get sick. Then just dip the mit into your can of stain and you can do all sides of the spindles by simply grabbing them at the top and pulling your had downward. It will take you about 1/2 the time it would take you to use a brush. I stained my deck for the first time last summer and the advice about the mit I got from my parents was totally worthwhile.

Good luck -

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Old 04-08-05, 09:49 PM
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I have found this to be a good product to use when applying stain to decks:

https://www.homeright.com/showitem.asp?zitem=4

have fun!
 
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Old 04-09-05, 12:08 AM
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I second the notion for the HomeRight StainStick being a good tool to use for applying stains to your deck. I just used this today and it made quick work of my deck, with no back-brushing, overspray, or messy containers.

The only shortcoming I felt was that the gaps between boards had to be covered with a paint brush. I probably could have used the StainStick, but it was just as easy to use a brush and I could see spots I missed easier.

If your deck is large enough, I'd consider it. I found it at my local Menards, but they're a regional home store. YMMV.
 
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