Decking is one of the best features of a garden; as well as providing an excellent place to entertain or just to relax on, it adds aesthetic and financial value to your home. Once installed, it needs to be properly maintained and one crucial aspect of this maintenance is to apply a preservative wood stain. Here is our step-by-step guide on how to get it right first time.
- Get the right match. Wood stains are available in a host of different colours so that you can easily match the tone of the decking timber. Before applying the stain, it is a good idea to carry out a small patch test, ensuring that the match is as close as it can be.
- Ensure full coverage. Before you begin, make sure you buy enough product to ensure you don't run out before the job is finished. Two coats are normally recommended so make sure you take this into consideration.
- Clean the timber thoroughly. As with any DIY project, preparation is key. The best way to clean decking is with pressure washing equipment, which will get rid of all dirt and any mildew that has formed. After washing, allow the decking to dry completely. Even new decking should be properly cleaned in this way before attempting to apply wood preservative treatment.
- Be safe. Wood staining chemicals can be dangerous to health so make sure you wear the proper safety gear, including heavy-duty rubber gloves and safety goggles. It's also recommended that you wear overalls to protect your clothing. You can buy the appropriate equipment right here on our website.
- Wait for good weather. Wood preservative treatments work best in dry weather, when the temperature is reasonably warm. This means that right now is the ideal time.
- Choose the right brush. Wood stain should be applied with a soft brush; a three-inch paintbrush is perfect for the job. Follow the direction of the wood grain as you apply the product and use a generous amount in order to ensure that the chemical penetrates deeply into the timber.
- Allow the first coat to dry. Once fully dry, a process that takes at least 12 hours,x the decking is now ready for the application of a second coat.x
- Enjoy! After the second coat is dry, your decking is ready for use. The preservative will last for many years but it is a good idea to keep it topped up; a renovation coat can be added directly over the old coat without the need for sanding or stripping.
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