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!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Deck Cleaner
- Bristle Brush
- Power Washer
- Wagner Control Pro 130
- Deck Stain Brushes
- Outdoor Extension Cord
- Gloves & Mask
- Drop Cloths
- Painter’s Tape
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.
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).
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!
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.
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 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.