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Please read our How-To Deck Restoration articles below. You will find info on how to clean, stain and refinish your exterior wood deck. If you have any questions about your deck restoration project, please ask below an articles in the comment section or visit our deck restore forum to get help from the experts.

Mahogany is a popular choice for decking because of its tight grain pattern and knot free appearance. It also does not tend to splinter as easily as other wood types. Although mahogany is naturally resistant to decay, it must occasionally be refinished to help protect and maintain the deck’s beauty.

Many deck stains are too heavily pigmented to penetrate into mahogany, leaving it vulnerable and risking stain failure. It is best to use a penetrating oil stain that will soak into the wood pores to give a mahogany deck the best protection possible.

There may be several good stain choices but the best stain for a mahogany deck is one that serves two purposes. One, to protect the deck from weather damage and secondly, to replace the wood’s natural oils. Replacing the wood’s own diminishing natural oils revitalizes and conditions the wood.

KDAT Deck Stains? Which are the Best?

After a new wood deck has been installed, there is a waiting period to allow the wood to dry out prior to staining it. It is recommended to wait at least 3-6 months depending on the climate, sun exposure, and type of wood. A way around this is to install a new deck using KDAT (Kiln Dried After Treatment) lumber.

In KDAT lumber the moisture is removed prior to going to the lumberyard. This essentially means there is no waiting period once the deck is installed to when you can stain it. Actually, you can stain KDAT lumber prior to installation if you want. The key to a good long lasting finish is to use the correct type of KDAT deck stains.

How to Stain a Log Cabin for Long Lasting Results

To maintain the beauty and rustic look of a log cabin, cleaning and refinishing the logs on a regular basis is typical. Knowing how to stain a log cabin yourself can save you a few dollars.

Before staining a log cabin the logs need to be washed. This is typically done with a pressure washer and a mild detergent. We recommend using a wood cleaner and no more than 800 psi of water pressure. Keep the pressure-washing nozzle far enough away from the logs so you do not fur them up as you clean them. Remove all the dirt, grime, and graying from the logs. Once the logs are clean but still wet, apply a wood brightener. Spray the brightener on the logs and allow it to remain wet for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.

How to Maintain a Deck Stain by Applying Repeat Coatings

Because decks are subjected to all types of weather, they require regular maintenance. Most decks should be cleaned and stained annually or bi-annually to protect the wood from becoming damaged. Once the initial work is done to stain a deck for protection, it can be maintained much easier in the future. A good deck stain will last several years as long as it is taken care of.

There are many choices of deck stain colors and tones. Depending on the brand of deck stain, you will most commonly find natural, cedar, brown, and redwood colors to choose from. A few other less common color choices are grays, rustics, and olive colors. Some deck stain brands offer more colors than their competitors.

Another factor that comes into play is the opacity of the deck stain. This will have an influence on how the deck stain turns out. Light colors with fewer pigments will allow more of the wood’s natural characteristics to show through. This type of deck stain color can appear different from one deck to another. Factors like wood age, condition, type, and porosity also play a part. Darker more heavily pigmented colors are more opaque and allow less of the wood grain to show through. The exact deck stain color will be less affected by the wood’s natural appearance.

A cedar fence is a thing of beauty that can add value to any property. But without proper maintenance, the beautiful natural look of the cedar will take on a faded gray appearance. Staining a new cedar fence can help preserve its natural beauty while staining an older cedar fence can help bring it back to life. In either case, a cedar fence needs to have a protective finish to shield it from the harsh elements of Mother Nature.

When choosing a stain for a cedar fence, consider a semi-transparent penetrating stain. This type of stain will penetrate the cedar to block out moisture while the pigment will help block out damaging ultraviolet rays. The opacity of this type of stain will also help to enhance the natural beauty of the cedar.

How to Best Stain a Pine Fence With Long Lasting Results

Adding a fence to your home is one of those investments that you also get to enjoy. Privacy and increased curb appeal or two of the most common reasons homeowners have a fence installed. Pine is probably the most affordable material used for fencing. A pine fence can last for many years. To increase the life expectancy of a pine fence you can treat it with a weather resistant stain. Knowing how to stain a pine fence can help save you money by performing the task on your own.

How to Hire a Deck Restoration Contractor for your exterior wood.

Some jobs on the honey do list are a bit more labor intensive than others. If you have decided that restoring the deck is more work than you care to take on, you may want to consider hiring a deck restoration contractor.

You want to be sure you hire the right contractor so you get the results you want on your deck. Doing some research before hiring a deck restoration contractor is a good idea. Generally speaking, you want to make sure you hire a contractor who specializes in restoring decks. Many deck owners have made the mistake of hiring a painter who lacks the experience of restoring wood.

How to Match New Wood to Older Wood Decking

When exterior wood weathers it becomes faded. This is also known as graying. Sometimes repairs have to be made if some of the wood has rotted or decayed due to weather damage. Replacing old wood with new wood can be a great way to reinforce a structure and is a very common occurrence. Once all the repairs have been made the wood is then generally protected with a wood stain or sealer. The problem is that new wood and older wood look different when they are stained.

Understanding why newer and older wood look different when stained may help you in dealing with this dilemma. When wood weathers the top wood fibers become damaged and begin to gray and become soft. When wood is new it is much smoother and denser. Older wood is more porous and will absorb much larger rates of wood stain making them appear darker. New denser wood will not absorb as much wood stain therefore appearing much lighter than stained older wood.

It is always important to follow the suggested application instructions when it comes to deck staining or sealing to ensure you get the best protection. A sometimes over looked necessity of deck sealing and staining is prepping the wood correctly before coating it.

Deck staining is certainly crucial to the appearance and lifespan of any deck or exterior wood surface. But to get the most from your sealer you need to prep the wood correctly and follow some application guidelines.

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