How to Stain Composite Decking
Issue Time:2011-10-11
Composite decking is a combination of plastic and wood. Composite decking will last longer than regular wood decking and it is easier to care for. Over time, composite decking will fade or its color might change. You can fix this by staining the decking. Because the deck is made partially from plastic, the staining process differs slightly from 100 percent wood decking. Choose the right color stain to match or complement your home's color.
Sweep the deck to remove loose dirt, dust and other debris.Hose down the deck with water.Scrub the deck with a scrubbing brush to remove ingrained dirt and debris.Rinse the deck with water from your hose. Let it dry completely for at least 24 hours.Dip a paintbrush into the composite decking stain. Brush the stain onto the decking. Work from the edge of the deck toward the stairs or door to make sure you don't paint yourself into a corner.Soak up any pooled stain with a clean cloth. Do not let the pooled stain dry as this will make shiny spots on the finished decking.Let the stain sit for 30 minutes. It will dry a little but will not dry completely.Let the decking dry for at least 24 hours. While it is drying, keep pets and children off the decking.
Tips & Warnings
Do not stain composite decking that is rotting. Check for the health of the wood before staining your composite decking.