It’s finally summer and now's is the perfect time to stain your deck. Benjamin Moore recommends temperature above 10°C, but below 35°C, low to average humidity and no rain in the immediate forecast. Ideally, you should have three to four consecutive dry days prior to beginning any exterior staining project.
Staining gives your deck a strong layer of protection from wear and tear. With the right Benjamin Moore staining products - prepared and applied using the manufacture steps listed below - you can maintain and enjoy your deck for many years to come.

How to Prepare your Deck for Staining

  • Remove as many items as you can (planters, hoses, outdoor furniture, light fixtures) and cover other items (steps, plants, sidewalks/paths) with drop cloths.
  • Examine the deck for surface wear, cracked boards, and popped nails.
  • Make any necessary repairs before you stain your deck.


How To Clean Your Deck


How to Strip Your Deck using Remove


How to Restore Your Deck


Applying the Stain

Decks are often subjected to extreme environmental conditions (direct sun, cool damp shade, etc.) as well as heavy foot traffic. Proper care of your deck will help ensure the longevity of the finish.


Step 1
After properly preparing the wood, select an inconspicuous place on the actual wood you will be staining and test the stain to be sure you will be pleased with the final color results.

Step 2
First stain the vertical sections of the deck, such as the rails and posts, so that drips will not land on previously finished areas.

Step 3
Once the vertical surfaces are completed, proceed to the deck surface. For deck boards, stain two to three boards at a time to avoid lap marks. Do not stop in the middle of a board, or you will risk developing lap marks. Make sure to wipe up any excess stain.

Deck-Staining Tips

1.     The best way to apply deck stain is to use a roller or spray, followed by backbrushing to even out the stain.
2.     Do not let stain puddle on the surface of the deck.
3.     Stain does not stay mixed the same way paint does. You will need to stir the stain frequently during application.
4.     To ensure proper stain penetration and even drying results, avoid applying stain in direct sunlight.


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We'll be happy to discuss you deck or fence stain project. There are so many things to consider and we'll ask questions to ensure we recommend the right product to achieve your ultimate look. We've been serving Saskatoon since 1917 and we'd love to help you chose the right colour and wood stain along with reviewing a step by step guide.