When it comes to using solid color stain on your deck there’s plenty of concerns about if it’ll be right for your deck or not. One of these concerns is if you should use a solid stain to coat over a previous layer of solid stain. The reality is that you can use a solid color stain over a previous solid color stain and not have any problems with the results. You’ll want your stain to look good and this can be done with a solid stain being put on top of a solid stain.
What can’t be done is using a semi-translucent stain on top of a solid stain. The semi-translucent stain is supposed to seep into the wood to coat it and if there is already a solid stain on top of it that will make the seeping process impossible and leave the wood looking terrible. Knowing how each stain interacts with the other types of stains will allow to care for your deck and properly maintain it for as long as you own your home. A deck should be something to enjoy, not something that gives you stress and hopefully this article will help you understand how to do things the right way.
No matter if your deck is old or new, you’ll need to take a few basic steps to get your deck prepped for staining. First, you’ll need to clean the wood and then check to see if there’s mold or mildew anywhere on the wood. If you find any mold or mildew be sure to use the right products to remove it and to use proper safety equipment so that you don’t breath in any harmful spores that could irritate your lungs, eyes or nose while cleaning the wood.
Once the wood is properly prepped, you’ll be able to stain your deck. You will have the option of using either a water or oil-based stain for your deck. Oil based stains will take longer to dry, have a more powerful smell to the, but are more durable and longer lasting than water based stains Water based stains will allow the wood to breath easier and prevent decay, will maintain the color of your deck longer, and are less flammable and safer to use than oil based stains. Knowing the pros and cons of both options will make it easier for you to make the right decision on which one is right for your deck.
You should want to apply solid color stain to your deck if you’re looking to protect your deck from UV exposure. Using a solid color stain will mask the grain of the wood and give your deck a solid uniform look that will last a long time. The only issue with a solid color stain is that unlike semi-translucent stains that tend to fade and strip away over the years and allow for an easy re-applying of the stain, a solid color stain will build up and after a few re-applications of stain you might get to a point where you have to strip the stain off to get back to the wood itself to reapply the stain.