Applying semi transparent stain to new deck

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Old 03-30-19, 02:37 PM
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Applying semi transparent stain to new deck

I just built a new 16 x 12 deck using pine PT wood. I spent may hours on this project "doing it right". I live in Florida, and the deck will get direct sun.

I purchased a darker colored BEHR Premium semitransparent stain to apply to it.

I tested the stain on an section of the deck that will not be visible. I used a brush, and the result had very apparent brush marks.

I have a homeowner grade Wagner HVLP sprayer that I was thinking I could use in an effort to avoid the brush marks.

Has anyone tried this? My concern is that it may end up blotchy, or that overspray/lap marks may be an issue.

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Old 03-30-19, 02:41 PM
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It's best to not apply the stain in the direct sun. You need to stain 2-3 boards from one end to the other before going to the next set of boards - that helps you to keep a wet edge.

I doubt an HVLP would have enough material flow to be off much help. When you do spray a deck you need to back brush or back roll the sprayed on stain to work it into the wood.
 
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thanks. I will try back brushing with short nap? roller on a cloudy day
 
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No need for a short nap as you'd be back brushing. I'd use a 3/4" nap because it holds more paint which makes the job go quicker. Basically you're slopping the stain on and then dressing it up with the brush.
 
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Check whether a wait time is needed before staining PT wood. Some say a few weeks, some say 6 months.
 
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New PT generally needs 6 weeks to 6 months to dry out from the PT process before you can successfully stain it. A lot is dependent on both how wet it was when installed and the climate it's exposed to.
 
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Water is beading up a little when I drop it on the new wood. I will wait until it soaks in a bit better.

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