Published on August 12th, 2012 | by Grant Barnard2
Staining A Deck
Staining a deck can give you a better appeal and protect that investment in your home. An unstained deck can go to ruins in just a few years without protection. We always suggest PPG Porter products for the DIY’er or professional painter. Grants Painting also offers Deck Staining in Indianapolis and Greenwood IN.
- Transparent Coating: This would be a product that is a clear and shiny coating that would sit on top of the wood instead of soaking in. They usually come in a varnish or urethane. A great product to use is Sikkens transparents. Use urethane products for the best impact protection but you have to maintain it with light coats every year or two. Using a true spar varnish like Epiphanies can be used and will not crack but also will need a light coat every two years. They can also be mixed 50/50 for a bit of both worlds.
- Semi Transparent Stain: Best used on wood that is in fairly decent condition. This will not hide any of the look of the grain or the feel. If done properly it should fully soak into the wood. You should always use the oil based version if it is still available in your state. The modified Alkyds are a good choice these days if it is in a high sun area or just for extra durability. Read This for the difference between semi transparent and semi opaque.
- Semi Opaque Stain: This is best used if the wood has some wear and tear or has an uneven or failing coating that cannot be easily removed. You should always use the oil based version if it is still available in your state. The oil based or modified Alkyd will cover better than the acrylic or modified acrylic. The modified Alkyds are a good choice these days if it is in a high sun area or just for extra durability. Read More About Difference in Stains.
- Fully Opaque Stain or Solid Color Stain: This is best used if you like the solid color or if there is extensive wear and tear. Remember with a bleach and TSP mixture coupled with a high power pressure washer can remove almost any amount of graying. Again the Alkyd version will be best.
- Application of Transparent Coating: Apply at a time that outdoor leaves and grass clipping wont be floating around to land in your coating. Apply it, as expensive as it is, as thick as you can. Varnish if it is a good one will need to be thinned to apply smoothly.
- Application of Semi Transparent Stain: The main point to application is to ALWAYS leave a we edge. Never stop applying. Plan this even if you go board by board with a brush.
- Application of Semi Opaque Stain: This will apply just like a Semi Transparent. Don’t let it run.
- Application of Opaque or Solid Color Stain: This is easy. It’s just like painting. Except remember you cannot use paint instead. Solid Color Stain may look and act like paint but it is not compatible to be use with paint. DON’T Paint A Stained Deck!
Grants Painting offers Deck Staining in Greenwood IN and Indianapolis Areas.