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8 Deck Staining Mistakes Most DIYers Make

Bob Vila Logo By Timothy Dale of Bob Vila | Slide 1 of 9: A common maintenance task for anyone who has a deck is to sand and stain the wood. This seals the wood, preventing moisture from seeping into the fibers and rotting out the deck. The stain also helps to protect the wood from freezing conditions and direct sunlight, which would otherwise dry out the wood, causing fading and cracking. However, many people believe that staining the deck is as simple as using a paintbrush to coat the entire surface, but there are many pitfalls a DIYer needs to avoid, including these eight deck staining mistakes.

Common Deck Staining Snafus

A common maintenance task for anyone who has a deck is to sand and stain the wood. This seals the wood, preventing moisture from seeping into the fibers and rotting out the deck. The stain also helps to protect the wood from freezing conditions and direct sunlight, which would otherwise dry out the wood, causing fading and cracking.

However, many people believe that staining the deck is as simple as using a paintbrush to coat the entire surface, but there are many pitfalls a DIYer needs to avoid, including these eight deck staining mistakes.

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