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How to Stain a Deck FAST

Don't put off this chore for another summer! I'll show you how to stain a deck FAST, with the right tools and techniques for the job.

Staining a deck can feel like a never-ending chore! I'll show you how to stain a deck FAST, so you can get back to hosting BBQs sooner! | how to stain a deck | deck staining tips | outdoor projects | home improvement
Is your deck stain worn and peeling? We tackle the chore of applying a new coat of stain every few years to keep the wood looking its best. I've found how to stain a deck quickly and efficiently, so we can go back to hosting summer BBQs in no time!

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Before you pick up a can of stain, give your deck a good look. Are there popped nails or uneven boards? Here are some easy deck repair tasks any homeowner can tackle themselves. Fix the problems now, to make it easier to stain later.

These deck repair tips are so easy, any homeowner can do it! Get your deck into shape for summer! | home improvement | deck tips | popped nails | uneven deck boards | uneven boards | curled deck boards | replace deck nails with screwsAfter repairing any issues, the wood needs a good cleaning. Stripping the old stain off is a good idea if it's peeling, worn down or you want to change the color. It sounds daunting, but all you need is a power washer and the right chemicals. This tutorial on how to use deck cleaner and brightener will help make your deck wood look like new!

Test the strength of your power washer before using on the deck cleaner. You don't want to gouge the wood or raise the fibers.With the wood sufficiently prepped, it's time to make it shine again!

Materials Needed

Gather up all the necessary tools and materials before you start. There's nothing worse than running out to the store for another can of stain midway through the process! Here's what you'll need:

How to Stain Deck Railings Fast

The first time I stained our deck, I made the mistake of doing the deck railings and spindles with a paint brush by hand. It took for-ev-er!

staining the slats of the deck with TWPNow I've learned how to stain deck railings fast! Meet my secret weapon . . .

This stain sprayer is my secret weapon for how to stain a deck fast!

Lay down plastic tarps on the deck floor and over any plants or furniture you don't want covered in stain. Pour the stain into the reservoir, and don your face mask. Even though you're outside, a light gust of wind can send a cloud of stain right back into your face!

Lay down tarps over the floor of the deck so they don't get splattered with stain while spraying.

Working from the top down, spray a light coat evenly over every surface. Keep a paint brush on hand to catch any drips. Within minutes, I had an entire section complete! Below you can see how well it coated the section on the right.

This is how to stain a deck railing fast!

A word of warning: the light mist of stain that falls on the plastic tarp makes it incredibly slippery! But if you leave the surface of the deck uncovered, the drips and splatters will ruin the finished look. I decided not to risk my neck on the stairs and tackled those spindles by hand. But I saved days of work by spraying the rest!

With the stain sprayer, my deck railings were finished in no time!

How to Stain a Deck Floor Fast

With the railings complete, it's time to move on to the floor boards. Remove the tarps from the floor, but keep them on any plants or items under the deck. Move any furniture to one side so that the entire length of the floor boards is exposed.

After using the deck cleaner and brightener, allow the wood to dry for two days before staining.

Pour stain into a paint roller tray, and dip the Shur-line stain pad into it. Don't get it too saturated or it will drip. With the groove tool retracted, stain the entire length of one board from end to end. Stopping and starting on the same board will leave overlap marks, so make sure to finish the entire length before it dries.

Stain the entire board from end to end before moving on to the next.

Now here's the cool part about this particular stain pad. Flip the handle around, and the groove tool extends. Now you can get in between the floor boards without resorting to a paint brush! This quick video shows you how to stain a deck super fast with this tool.

I stained half of the deck in less than an hour, then let it dry overnight. The next day, I moved all the furniture to the stained side and completed the job. If you have a completely empty deck, you could complete this entire task in an afternoon!

Once everything was dry to the touch, I moved everything back into place. Time to relax!

Learn how to stain a deck fast, so you can get back to relaxing outside!

I'm hoping that this new stain will last longer than the previous one. Ready Seal gets great reviews, and is very easy to apply. The color was much brighter than anticipated at first, but mellowed to a more natural color after a week or so.

Now you know my secrets for how to stain a deck super quick! You could easily knock this project out in a weekend and be back to grilling and entertaining al fresco in no time!

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John W Nyhan

Friday 14th of September 2018

How does the groove tool work when the gaps between the boards are uneven?


Friday 14th of September 2018

We have a few spots where the gaps are uneven too. I pressed the groove tool to one side of the gap and ran it down the board, then pressed it to the other side on the way back.

Monica Chavez

Thursday 31st of May 2018

I like your idea to take a good look at your deck before you start staining so that you can do any quick repairs that need to be taken care of. My husband wants to get our deck fixed up for the summer so that we can have friends over and spend more time outdoors. I think it would be really helpful if we had a professional to take care of the staining, since we don't know too much about that kind of thing.


Monday 21st of May 2018

Thank you for this so needed post. Your deck is fabulous


Monday 14th of May 2018

Your deck looks beautiful and great tips to get it done easy and quickly, Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. Hope to see you at the party next week!

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