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Offline mrclose

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Deck staining
« on: August 01, 2013, 03:54:07 AM »
First off .. That ain't my deck and that ain't my legs so whistle all ya's want ... it wont bother me! :tounge:


I am getting ready to apply stain to a similar type of decking and wanted to know if there is an easy way of applying stain to about a hundred of the 'spindles'?

For you deckless folks .. that's those individual pieces of wood (upright skinny ones) that you can see in the picture!

I don't want to spray them .. THAT was a disaster the last time I tried THAT stunt! :cursing:

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Re: Deck staining
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2013, 04:41:50 AM »
Spraying can get pretty messy.

The next best way, is to put the stain in a 5 gal bucket, get yourself a roller screen, a short roller handle, and a 4" roller with a 3/4" nap. This is much easier than using one of those stupid roller pans.

Start at one end of the rail, have your roller in one hand and a brush in the other; walk the rail and roll a couple of sides of each picket, and use your brush to catch the corners and give the pickets a quick stroke to catch any runs/heavy spots. Keep a small bucket to keep your brush in, and wipe off excess stain into.

The secret is to set up a system, and use it all the way through, doing everything you can reach from the outside, first, and then running the inside. Do the cap last, and all at once to avoid lap marks.

PS- If you're using oil based stain, you've got more time to play around, so you can run about 10 pickets with your roller, and then backtrack with your brush. Water base sets up quicker, so just run 5 or 6 at a time.
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Re: Deck staining
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2013, 06:45:01 AM »
I learned long ago, stain before you build, saves waste, by far easier and you can let it dry, apply as many coats as you like and let it dry a week, and when you're done building the deck, you're done building the deck. :laugh:

Now if I could just somehow apply this same technique to a ten year old deck.
Maybe I'll just flip the boards over.... What? ? ?  :lol:
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Re: Deck staining
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2013, 07:14:12 AM »
I learned long ago, stain before you build, saves waste, by far easier and you can let it dry, apply as many coats as you like and let it dry a week, and when you're done building the deck, you're done building the deck. :laugh:

Now if I could just somehow apply this same technique to a ten year old deck.
Maybe I'll just flip the boards over.... What? ? ?  :lol:


 :lol:  I'm not going there  :lol:
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Re: Deck staining
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2013, 07:18:21 AM »

 :lol:  I'm not going there  :lol:
Problem is, you have to flip all of them, or it looks weird, and I have yet to figure out how to deal with the ones that have angled cuts on one end. :laugh:
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