How to Stain a Deck | Mitre 10 Easy As DIY

Over time, your timber deck
loses its natural tannins and oils, making it
look old and tired. I'm going to show
you just how easy it is to bring your old deck
back to its former glory. The best way to bring
an old deck back to life is by re-staining it. Now, just before
we do this, there's a little bit of
prep we have to do, and a couple of different
ways we can go about this.

I've chosen Deck and Timber
Prep because it works quickly, meaning you can get the job
done a hell of a lot faster. So what I've got here is the
old Deck and Timber Prep. One litre makes 10, so give
that a little bit of a stir-up. OK. It's simple as this. Tip that in the water,
nice light little mix-up. Now I've given the deck
a sweep, checked it over. If there was a little
bit of mold on that, I'd use an anti-mold product. But there isn't, so I'm good
to go with just the Deck and Timber Prep. So it's as easy as this. Throw a nice stiff
broom in the mix. We can probably only do about
a metre square at a time because it's such a hot day.

We certainly don't want
this product to dry, so we'll just do about
a meter at a time. And then we're going
to wash it off. We don't want any of this
prep to dry whatsoever. Now that's looking lovely. Let's move on to our next spot. Rightio. All the hard work is
just about done now. All we have to do
is let this dry before we start the
re-staining process.

OK. My deck is absolutely bone-dry. I'm ready to throw
down our stain. There's a few different
colours you can choose. I've decided to use
the natural teak. And there's a couple
of different options you can also go for. We've got the oil-based stain
and the water-based stain. I've decided to use
the oil-based stain. Now, before we start
staining, I want to mix these two
containers together. Just in case there's any
slight variation in color, that's going to eliminate that. Give them in a stir in
the can, and then we'll tip them in our bucket
and mix them up. Now let's give those puppies
a good old mix together. And what we're
going to do first is cut in along the
edge of the house, I'm going to use a paintbrush
to do that, because our foam applicator pad, we certainly
don't want to get that up against the weatherboards.

Now these foam
applicator pads really do take the hard work out of
putting our decking oil down. Long gone are the days
of the paintbrush, getting down on your
hands and knees. This gets it in here
absolutely perfect. If you're finding
that you're left with a couple of little
pieces in between the joins, you can't quite
get down there, you might have to come
back with a paintbrush and just finish them off. But these foam applicator pads
certainly take most of that out. Now, it's just a
really good tip to do a few boards wide at a
time, just completely finish that row, because if it dries
and you come back to it a bit later, you might see a contrast
in colors butting onto it.

But if you've got
it side by side, you're not really
going to see that. So just try and get up to the
edge of your third board there. Really squeeze that mop down,
get it in between your joins. Now, one coat for this deck is
going to be absolutely fine. Now a little tip for you. Before you stain,
you'll just want to make sure that your deck
has had a season out of it, you've given it at least a
few months to weather slightly before staining it. That way, you're going
to get your best desired finish with your stain. And it's going to
really soak in. The pores of the
timber have opened up and that stain's just
going to key to it nicely and it's not just going
to sit on the top. Now, you just want to
resist the temptation to use too much stain,
putting too much on.

Otherwise, it's just not
going to soak in properly and it'll end up
just being tacky. So just give it
a good solid coat without going over it too much. Now, this is a pine deck. But if you had a
hardwood deck, this color would come out
slightly different. So just be careful when
you're choosing your colors. OK. That's all done. Now, depending on
the weather, you just want to leave that to
dry for around 12 hours. And there we have it. With a good clean
and a re-stain, we've made this deck
look a million bucks. And we've given the
timber the protection it needs to last for
a few seasons to come.

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