when to stain a new deckThere are many questions as to when a newly installed deck should be stained. Some stain manufacturers suggest you should wait 3-12 months to let the wood dry while others say to stain the deck right away. The answer can be both just as long as you prep the new wood properly for an application of the stain.

We are going to explain both scenarios and the proper steps to take.

Let the New Deck Dry and Weather for 3-12 Months:

  1. Most common suggestion by the manufacturer. New wood is suggested to dry since it has a high moisture content. This reduces the stains ability to penetrate.
  2. The wood will dry and turn gray from the exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays.
  3. After 3-12 months you would need to apply a wood cleaner to remove the gray wood cells. This can be done with scrubbing and or light pressure washing. After cleaning the deck you will need to neutralize the wood deck cleaner with a wood brightener.
  4. Let dry for 24-48 hours then apply your deck stain of choice.

Stain New Deck Right Away.

  1. Not the most common approach but can be done if you prep properly.
  2. Apply a wood deck cleaner and thoroughly scrub and or pressure wash lightly. Neutralize with a wood brightener. These two steps will remove the mill glaze and "open" the wood pores.
  3. Apply a deck stain that is "thin" in viscosity. A heavily bodied wood stain will have a hard time penetrating into the new wood. Using a stain similar to The Sealer Store TimberOil will penetrate into the wood.

Do not over apply a wood deck stain/sealer to a new deck. The excessive stain will not soak into the wood causing the finish to dry on top of the wood. Many manufacturers suggest only one coat on newly installed wood.

For deck staining instructions please read: How To Stain a Deck

If you have any about staining a brand new deck please ask below. All questions are typically answered within a day.

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    The Sealer Store · 09/01/2014
    Defy wants you to wait 3 months for the wood to weather and dry out. you will also need to clean and brighten after that for the final prep. Best to wait and follow the directions. Defy is an excellent stain.
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    Carol Sullivan · 09/01/2014
    I have a 10 year old deck. It had been neglected and had to replace about l/3 of the boards with pressure treated wood 3 weeks ago. I pressure washed, sanded and cleaned right after. I plan to use wood brightner next before staining. My dilemma, old wood passed water test but water still beads up on new wood. Since I have old and new wood on same deck I'm confused how long I need to wait to stain/seal since I have two different woods on same deck. I don't want the old wood to deteriorate more, but obviously need to stain all the deck at same time. Wanted to use Defy Stain and live in Houston, TX area. How long should I wait to stain and is Defy a good choice.
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    The Sealer Store · 08/27/2014
    Best to wait 23- months, prep, and stain with the Armstrong Clark.
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    a morgan · 08/27/2014
    hi i have just finished my decking when would be the best time to start stain it?
    would i have to clean it first or can i apply the stain straight away?
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    The Sealer Store · 08/19/2014
    -Prep firs with the Restore A Deck Kits and light pressure washing
    -Use the Armstrong Clark Stain
    -For tools, use a pump sprayer and stain pads. Spray what you can and back wipe with pad to ensure an even application. Take caution to not over psray on to glass, siding, plants, grass.
    -You can skip the sprayer if you want and do all with the stain pads.
    -Do outside first and do from top down.
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    Nicole Laplante · 08/19/2014
    Hi,

    I would like to know how to stain a gazebo made of new cedar outside and inside.

    What tools to use and what stain would be the best. I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

    Thanks,


    Nicole
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    The Sealer Store · 08/06/2014
    No not really.
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    Bruce MacFarlane · 08/05/2014
    We are planning a new deck for late Oct. 2014, in Minnesota. The vendor states: "We could complete the work this fall. This would allow the wood an opportunity to cure for a few months and get the residual moisture out of it. We would put a lifetime sealant on the wood to internally protect the wood. This product is not for aesthetics. It will grey but is impressive at enhancing the life of the wood. We could then come back in the Spring, Pressure Wash, Sand, and Stain." Alternatively, they could build it Spring 2015. [b]IS THERE A DOWNSIDE FOR THEM to build it Fall 2014?[/b]
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    The Sealer Store · 04/11/2014
    susie, look at the Armstrong Clark Stain in the Amber color for this deck.
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    susie · 04/10/2014
    I have a cumaru deck, what stain would you use.
    It is south facing with intense heat, CA.
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    The Sealer Store · 03/23/2014
    "clear" has not color and will not offer UV protection. You need a semi-transparent color to get UV protection. Look at the Armstrong Clark or Timber Oil Brand after prepping with the Restore A Deck Kit.
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    S. A. Smith · 03/23/2014
    I have a newly built deck that was built 11/13 of last year. It is a wood deck built of pressure treated wood. nothing has been done to it. I want to stain it clear. I want to know when to stain it, what is the best product to use and how to use it. I want something that will last a long time. If clear is not the best thing to use, what is. I'm thinking clear because of what I have to do when I have to re-stain it. I want something that will last. What is the best product to use? I know I have to do something soon.
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    The Sealer Store · 11/09/2013
    Vicki, wait until Spring. Prep first with the Restore A Deck Kits.
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    Vicki · 11/09/2013
    Hi we are wondering how long we have to leave our decking until we can stain it it is kupar hard wood
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    The Sealer Store · 08/24/2013
    Marla, replace wood first, clean and brighten, than stain.
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    Marla · 08/23/2013
    Going to strip and brighten then stain 15 yr old cedar deck, but need to replace a few decking boards in what order should I proceed?thanks
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    Sandra · 07/28/2013
    Son-in-law built new deck over the top old cement pad for new hot tub which will arrive in 2-3 wks. Is it okay to put water sealer on new wood now? Not much time before tub gets here.
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    The Sealer Store · 10/05/2012
    It is okay to wait until Spring.
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    WriterS · 10/05/2012
    I have a deck that was finished in August. I live on the water on Long Island. Is it safe to wait until spring to stain the deck, after it is snowed on, and exposed to the sea water for so long?
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    BJ Rounsaville · 06/06/2012
    I am having a new deck installed next week. I live in Maryland and we are having temps in the 80 -90's. I am hand picking the driest wood. How long should I wait to stain the deck? Should I use a stain with a sealer? Should I use a stain or semitransparent paint? I am thinking about using Behr or Cabot, which is better for my area? Which one is mildew resistant and fade resistant? I will wait for your answer. Thanks, BJ