31 Oct How to Prevent Deck Stain Peeling
Few things are more frustrating for a deck owner than the “inevitable” stain peeling that occurs over time. In most cases, however, if the stain adheres properly and isn’t over-applied, this problem can be minimized or prevented. Simply follow these few steps.
LET NEW WOOD WEATHER
This is where Mother Nature does your work for you. Letting your wood weather dries it out and breaks down the surface fiber, allowing the wood to become more absorbent. In turn, this promotes greater stain adhesion to the wood. I’d recommend weathering your wood for three to six weeks, depending on the climate conditions and the condition of the wood. It may take a little patience on your part, but it will definitely make your deck finish last longer.
CLEAN AND BRIGHTEN THE DECK
Cleaning the deck does more than just making it look nice. The cleaning process opens the pores of the wood, making the wood more absorbent. Brighteners enhance this process by removing tannin stains and neutralizing the surface of the wood. This is a key step to preventing peeling.
APPLY THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF STAIN
More is never better. In fact, using more stain than necessary causes the stain to form a film. This decreases the breathability of the wood and prevents long-term adhesion, which leads to peeling problems.
DON’T APPLY IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT
Apply the stain when your deck is shaded or when temperatures are cooler. If the weather is too warm, the stain will dry too quickly and won’t have time to penetrate into the wood, which will lead to peeling.
APPLY WITH A BRUSH
A brush will help to break down the surface tension of the wood, allowing the stain to penetrate deeper and adhere more thoroughly. Either apply the stain with a brush from the start, or use a brush to work the stain into the wood after spraying or rolling your deck.
Follow these steps and use a high-quality premium wood stain to help prevent peeling problems and keep your deck looking better longer.