The Importance of Sanding before Staining Your Deck
Sanding before staining a deck is important because it removes uneven surfaces and prepares the wood for a smooth finish.
When you sand before staining, you remove any imperfections that can add to the cost of refinishing in the future. The more you sand now, the less work you’ll have to do later.
Tips for Successful Deck Staining
Staining a deck is an easy job, but it does require some preparation and precautions.
If you are thinking about staining your deck or if the weather has already taken its toll, then follow these tips for a successful deck staining project.
Plan Ahead: This means not only considering the type of stain and the desired color, but also making sure that any furniture or outdoor structures are moved out of the way before you start. It might also be necessary to cover plants to protect them from run-off stains. You should also remove any loose nails or screws from the boards before starting so that they don’t get painted over as well.
The Right Tools for the Job
Sanding a deck is a big job, but it’s also very important to the long-term preservation of the wood. The right tools are essential for a successful job.
The right tools for sanding a deck include:
A) A high-quality power sander with an excellent sandpaper, typically 60 Grit or higher. You should replace your sandpaper often to avoid wearing out your sander motor and clogging up the nozzle.
B) An orbital palm sander with soft pads – this will give you more control over your project and prevent excessive wear on your muscles. C) An electric callous remover that will quickly and thoroughly remove any hard spots from the wood surface without damaging its delicate surface.
To find the right sander for your job check out our guide on the best sanders of 2021
When to Stain Your Deck (Timing & Location)
Staining a deck is a long-term investment that will add value to your home. If you stained your deck in the summer, it may peel by the time winter rolls around. One of the best times to stain a deck is right after it has been pressure-washed and dried.
Another good time to stain a deck might be in the fall when temperatures are cooler and dryer weather prevails. The cost of staining a deck does not vary greatly with location or timing – expect to pay $1500-$3000 depending on size.
How to Prepare the Wood for Painting
Step 1: Prepare the paint surface by sanding.
Step 2: Clean the surface with a tack cloth or spray cleaner.
Step 3: Prime the surface.
Step 4: Apply a coat of paint and allow it to dry before applying another coat.