Weather-wise preparation list for decks

Optimally wood should be air dried and/or acclimatized for 2 weeks or more prior to preparation and finishing.

1. Sand lumber all 6 sides to remove any contaminates and mill glaze with 50-60 grit sand paper.

2. Wipe lumber clean of dust.

3.Apply stain by brush, roller, or sprayer to all 6 sides with the grain of the wood.

4.Back brush all runs and puddles.

5. Wait the recommended time between coats.

6.Do a light sand between coats with a medium to fine sand paper.

7.Wipe away the dust.

8.Apply and coat by brush, roller, or sprayer with the grain of the wood.

9.Wait recommended time before next coat or foot traffic.

10.Enjoy your new deck! If the above list is not followed the possible warranty on stain may be jeopardized.

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Where do I start?

It can be very difficult to determine what type of stain let alone what brand of stain is on the wood just from pictures. Just like car companies, most brands copy the colour and even the name of the colour of their competitors. It is very important to keep track of what stain you have on your product. We recommend on keeping the can and bringing it in so that we can identify what you need.

What we most often need to know is

  1. Oil or Water
  2. Brand Name
  3. Model Name
  4. Colour*

*Colour is nice but often with samples and  the other information we can determine the colour.


As for what you can put on top on top of it. We wouldn’t recommend putting any different stain on top another unless it is specifically designed for that purpose. Such as Sikkens Cetol 1 is designed to have Cetol 23+ as a top coat. Other than that I would never recommend putting a different stain on top. Most often the chemical will react negatively with each other. Even if they are both oil stains.


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We often deliver to many locations on Vancouver Island such as Parksvile, Qualicum, and Nanaimo. For information on other locations and especially West Coast deliveries please contact the store @ 250-248-9261.

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