Staining and Painting Tips for your Deck

If you think that the condition of your deck will stay the way it is through time, then you will probably be disappointed. With nature’s touch on the things you own, the weather can age your deck and maybe bring it damage sometimes. If you have a deck made of cedar, it may be best to start thinking of ways on how to maintain your deck’s best look.  


To help you do that, let us talk about the difference between a stain and a paint.  


So, what is a stain and when is it best used? 


If you have a newly built deck, staining it is your best option. Staining helps protect the wood you used for building your deck while making sure you are taking advantage of the natural color the wood already has. Moreover, when talking about costs, a stain will be a more affordable option. Unlike painting, staining will not require you to use a primer and it is much easier when it comes to application. Stain however requires more maintenance compared to painting and works better on decks that are newly built however has lesser result when it comes to decks that are older.  


Paint on the other hand can give you a lot more options if you want to explore your more creative and adventurous side. You can easily choose any color you want and blend it with the look you are going for. Moreover, when it comes to longevity, paint also wins. Cleaning comes easy and painting over aged decks as well.  


Whether you are thinking of painting or staining your deck, the most important step in order to achieve a smoother surface is sanding your deck surface. Use a sandpaper in order to ensure a finished product that is nicer.  


Here are some steps in order to paint or stain your deck successfully.  


  1. Debris removal 


When it comes to decks, we are very familiar with the leaves that may be decaying in it or the droppings that comes from the birds or maybe some fruits or berries from the tree nearby. If you are a deck owner planning to take a bit more care of your deck, then sweep all these away.  


  1. Cleanser 


Some stains that have accumulated in your deck may be stains that are more difficult to handle just by sweeping alone. A cleanser is your answer in times like this. Let the cleanser soak for a length of time indicated by the manufacturer of the cleanser you are using. Rinse it thoroughly after. 


  1. Paint remover or Stain remover 


To make sure you are going to get the best results after repainting or staining your deck, remove old stain or paint from your deck using a stain remover or paint remover. If you have no clue what to get, you can always talk to personnel from the store you are buying a remover from.  


  1. Inspect 


After removing the stain or paint, the board’s condition is revealed. This stage enables you to do some repairs if needed.  


  1. Use sandpaper 


Make sure to use sandpaper on surfaces that are uneven.  


  1. Cover 


Cover the areas you do not want to be painted or stained. This helps in making sure you are working efficiently and neatly.  


  1. Stain or Paint 


If you have a newer deck, you can choose stain however if your deck is a bit older, painting it is your best option.  


If ever you need a painter, will help you achieve the look you want for your deck.