When can you stain a new deck?

When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:28 pm

Comments? Im curious to see what you all think about stain treatment on PT boards. How long should I wait to do this? Ive looked into using composite but I cant justify the extra cost. Thoughts?
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:45 pm

my preference is to wait for them to dry out a bit which depends on how wet the boards were to begin with and the weather while you wait. this summer since it hasn't stopped raining here for more than a day (seems like it anyway) i have told the spousal unit that it has simply been impossible to stain all summer! ;)

some folks get pretty technical with the moisture meters and such, but if you think its ready and do a test area that isn't noticeable you should be able to tell if it is safe to continue.
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:18 pm

PT from HD or Lowes, or whoever is as dry as it's going to get---put it down & paint, stain whatever ASAP work with the weather:)
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: dcrane On: Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:08 am

best option...Mahogany or teak and let it weather gray and then your great grandkids can worry about giving it some maintenance someday :lol:

P/T is better to hit a fairly soon after its down (I would give it a few days to a week, wind, maybe one rain storm to clear off the saw dust you missed and then a sunny day to dry) then seal the heck out of it (ends especially!), the slower you can allow it to dry the better!!! May I also suggest something that takes an extra few seconds per board that everyone should do... give the edges of the deck board a quick radius on the ends to match the radius on the length of the boards (just have a lil' router plugged in next to you to give them a 2 second swipe) and picture frame the deck on all 4 sides and for the love of god use stainless screws to put em' all down!!! these 2 simple tips will give you decades worth of smiles & compliments.
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:40 am

Orrrr, you could run with the KISS theory & realize that 5/4 decking is made specifically for just that---& decking screws the same. How big & what's the lay out going to be on your deck Anthony? I suspect you'll have railing where-ever you have board ends--NOW, the railing is where you can end up spending some money depending on what type of spindles you choose. There's a bunch of pretty ones available :) Post a pix of where you're planning to put the deck---straight, wrap around??????? What is your framing going to consist of?
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:15 pm

I'll do one better Fred I will post some pics and a video here soon, more than likely if I remember tommorrow night. I am in very early stages of this, maybe starting construction next spring.
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:32 pm

Nice--we can give you 2 million suggestion on how to do it RIGHT-- :roll: :clap: toothy
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:01 pm

freetown fred wrote:Nice--we can give you 2 million suggestion on how to do it RIGHT-- :roll: :clap: toothy


Bah, more ideas the better. I only wanna have to do this once so might as well get it right.
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:12 am

anthony7812 wrote:
freetown fred wrote:Nice--we can give you 2 million suggestion on how to do it RIGHT-- :roll: :clap: toothy


Bah, more ideas the better. I only wanna have to do this once so might as well get it right.


Sorry, but PT lumber is not what it used to be...and neither are the products you can apply to help it defend itself. DO NOT apply a latex product or you will be forever scraping and reapplying it. My $0.02 is to let it go grey and then apply Thompson's Water seal, or a similar product.

anthony7812 wrote:I've looked into using composite but I cant justify the extra cost. Thoughts?


How many sq. ft is the deck? I am in the process of redoing my porch with composite...worked out to about $2.50 per foot for 5" deck boards.
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: mattcoalburner On: Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:59 am

Buy a stain for freshly treated wood, olympic and cabot make them and stain asap....
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: dcrane On: Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:20 pm

pics of picture framing and rounding edges of an oiled deck (makes a cheapo P/T deck look like furniture)
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: david78 On: Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:08 pm

I have used Armstrong-Clark stains with good results. I had a question once and called the company and the company president returned my call the same day. How often does that happen?
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: NWBuilder On: Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:59 pm

I agree with using a 1/4" round over bit in a laminate router for a nice finished edge. Even the small details make a big difference. My supplier has always recommended waiting a year or so for the material to dry out first before applying a stain, never paint. Ceramic coated screws work well with PT but some can rust over the long haul, 20 plus years. Not all Stainless steel screws are the same, some are very soft and the heads can snap off fairly easily. Composite decking is nice but the cost can be substantial. Fiberon is running a special now with a rebate but that may be for contractors only. Might be worth looking into depending on your wallet and project size, PT will be less then half the cost of Composite. Good luck, NWB
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:33 pm

I built a screened porch that I framed with p.t. and covered the floor with 5/4 northern white cedar that can be ordered through an established fence company. I built the walls and window openings wih the same and it takes stains better that any other option. I'm happy to say the 5 x 5 white cedar posts will out live me they are light and impervious to bugs and rot!
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Re: When can you stain a new deck?

PostBy: dcrane On: Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:21 am

michaelanthony wrote:I built a screened porch that I framed with p.t. and covered the floor with 5/4 northern white cedar that can be ordered through an established fence company. I built the walls and window openings wih the same and it takes stains better that any other option. I'm happy to say the 5 x 5 white cedar posts will out live me they are light and impervious to bugs and rot!


5/4 cedar :shock: how are you buying that for any kind of cost efficiency? I assume that rough sawn still and not planed? Usually Fencing cedar is very thin and knotty as hell (which would not be good for deck flooring), but if you have a line on 5/4 clean cedar for anywhere near the price of P/T post the contact info please (I'd be interested in picking up a load).
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