The only way to save some money on Staining the deck is to DIY (DO-it-yourself). Let’s understand the benefits, price, and the process involved in Staining that deck for beautiful and eco-friendly results.
Whether you are painting or dyeing the deck, you need to clean the surface first, wipe it with a store-bought or homemade deck cleaner, repair or replace the damaged board, and then lightly sand any surface ridges. Then, the stain can be applied directly to the single-layer coating by brush or roller. The fairly fluid consistency of the stain can prevent pellets from gathering, and its transparency can minimize lap marks at the surface. In addition, when you choose a two-in-one stain and sealant, such as Behr waterproof stain and sealant (available at $34 per gallon), no additional clear topcoat is required.
By matting the old finish with sandpaper, wiping the deck with delustering, and then applying primer and smearing or topping with the new stain, the stained deck can be easily painted or painted with new stains.
Although it is easy to paint on a painted deck, the transformation from paint to stain requires the use of commercial paint strippers or sandpaper to completely strip off the old paint and primer, clean it with a deck cleaner, polish the defects on the deck, and then apply the stain.
The stain dries to a more matt finish and requires greater effort to clean. This tempts some homeowners to bring pressure washers to their staining decks, but the sheer power of washing machines can dig out wood. For softwoods like cedar, the maximum washer setting should not exceed 600 psi, and for hardwoods like oak, the maximum washer setting should not exceed 1500 psi. At least once a year, you need to deep clean your deck, whether it is painted or stained, to remove bacteria and mold. This includes applying a deck cleaner with a sprayer or roller, scrubbing any particularly dim spots with a soft brush, and then rinsing with a garden hose.
The stain is more economical- Of course!
The price of paint per gallon ranges from US$20 to US$35. In comparison, the price of exterior paint suitable for decoration ranges from US$30 per gallon to US$60 per gallon. In addition, if you paint, you need to add 15 to 40 dollars per gallon of wood preservative and 15 to 30 dollars per gallon of primer. Most commercial wood stains already contain preservatives, so no primer adhesion is required.
Dyeing provides a natural appearance-Beauty is in the simplicity
The paint has a high proportion of pigments and resins, which completely fills the pores of the wood and dries to an opaque surface, hiding cracks and covering the unique wood grain, resulting in a more refined and manufacturer appearance. If your goal is to conceal imperfections but still retain a rustic appearance, then highly pigmented and almost opaque solid wood stains are a good choice.
The paint is available in a variety of shades, from neutral colors such as chocolate brown or forest green to eye-catching royal blue or deep red for a more modern atmosphere. Because wood stains are designed to highlight the native characteristics of wood, they are usually limited to transparent varieties or brown tones.