Tips to Stain a Deck
Easily stain your deck this summer and provide a refreshed look by using the Wagner Control Pro 130
Staining a Deck
Staining a deck can seem like an overwhelming task for any homeowner. The cleaning, the drying, the painting...it can take a lot of time! But with the right supplies, you can get this project done in a weekend.
This deck is about a year old and had never been stained before. The wood needed to be sealed before Chicago winter rolls around, so I found a stretch of 3 dry summer days and got to work!
Clean the deck
First, you need to get your deck really clean! The Wagner paint sprayer came in handy for this step. I filled it with cleaning solution and got to work spraying. This job went so much faster with the sprayer and I was able to cover the lattice and spindles easily. I then hosed it off and lightly power washed to get the deck really clean. I let the clean deck dry for one day before moving onto step 2.
Prepare to spray
Fill your Wagner paint sprayer with your deck stain. I went with a semi-transparent stain in the color “Spanish Moss.” I used plastic, drop cloths, and painter’s tape to protect the grass and side of my home from overspray.
Note: The Control Pro 130 comes with a 515 spray tip that is great for latex paint. If you're applying stain, you'll need a 313 HEA spray tip for stains (sold separately) or 211 HEA spray tip for sealers (sold separately).
Spraying stain with a stain sprayer
I started spraying the lattice with the paint sprayer putting a fine mist on and sweeping my hand in a back and forth motion. It would have taken me hours to paint the lattice by hand, but the paint sprayer got it done in a matter of minutes!
Staining deck railings
I used that same technique to cover the spindles. The good news is the Wagner paint sprayer holds 1.5 gallons, so I didn’t have to stop all the time to fill it with more stain.
Staining deck floor boards
With the lattice, railings, and spindles covered I focused on the floor of the deck. I ended up using a stain pad and brush for this step.
Let the deck stain dry
Let your deck dry for at least one day before adding your furniture back onto your deck.
Here’s my new deck! I was able to get this daunting task done quickly with the help of my Wagner Control Pro 130. I can’t wait to enjoy this space for years to come.
This sponsored post is contributed by Casey Finn with The DIY Playbook.
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