Before you stain there are two simple secrets to a long-lasting finish – QUALITY STAIN and PREP WORK. Together they create a beautiful long lasting finish, without prep the odds are high you will be redoing your project again next year.
Prep Work - It’s Important
90% of all stain failure is due to lack of prep work!
• New wood could have a sheen on it called mill glaze.
This will prevent the stain from penetrating. Simply sand
area with 80 grit sandpaper or use WOOD•SHIELD
• Check moisture content in the wood. Moisture should
be < 15% - 25 % (depending on product used). Use a
moisture meter to check, most Home Hardware stores
will loan them out. 1010-586/588
• Peeling Stain, if your existing stain has more than 25%
peeling it is recommended to remove the coating and
start fresh. NATURA SAFE STRIP 1874-402
• Mildew may not be visible, therefore it’s best to
always clean. Mildew will cause your stain to peel,
NATURA MILDEW OFF 1874-401 or ACTIVOX 1874-
410 (it removes algae, mold and dirt). Activox also
restores weathered greyed wood back to its original
• You need to remove all greyed wood (deadwood
fibres). This is the most common error when staining.
The grey fibres sit on the top of the wood and are
not adhered to the substrate. Staining overtop of the
grey changes the colour, moisture lifts the fibres off
with your new stain attached. Remove deadwood fibres
with NATURA WOOD PREP 1874-400, WOOD•SHIELD
WOOD RESTORER 1874-207 or ACTIVOX 1874-410
Don’t skip this step. 80 grit sandpaper is recommended
to open up fresh wood fibre. Thoroughly sweep or
vacuum up dust.
Is Today A Good Day for Staining?
Optimum Weather Conditions:
• No rain in forecast for 24 hrs
• Day and night with surface temperature between
10 and 27 degrees C.
• Air movement (a light breeze) present
• Dew point past or not approaching
• Follow the sun or work in the shade
If spraying stain on a surface, follow along with back
brushing to work stain into wood fibre. Stain the length
of the board to avoid “lap marks” If possible, stain all 6
sides of each board.
Wood•Shield stains are available in a semi-transparent
and solid finish. Use our online Colour Visualizer to try
stain colours at https://beautitonefandeck.renoworks.
SEMI-TRANSPARENT STAIN: Penetrates the wood and
allows the natural grain and characteristic of the wood
to show through. Available in 36 colours.
SOLID STAIN: Penetrates the wood and highlights the
texture of the wood. Available in thousands of colours.
Consult with the stores Paint and Stain Expert and
refer to the chart on the back to select the best stain
suited for your project.
Create an Eye-Catching Colour Scheme
Decks can really come alive if you select an eye-catching colour scheme. As an example, you can do your deck
floor boards in a Bark Chip(WST28-9) or Cedar(WST10) and do the railings and balusters in Elm(WSC56-9) or Pine
Forest(WSC57-9). White railings and balusters also work nicely in contrast with the darker colors you may choose for
your deck’s floor. Another popular choice is to do the railings and floor boards in the same colour such as walnut or
cedar. Dark colours such as Black Spruce and Ebony have become quite popular in recent years with a lighter colour
outdoor area rug to accessorize. Solid colours such as Cape Cod Grey(WSC40-0), Granite Ridge(WSC41-9), Beach
Wood(WSC58-0), Clay Stone(WSC60-9) are among the top deck colours in recent years. These often are paired with
soft neutrals for the trim, such as white, cream or grey, as opposed to the more colourful hues of the past.
A major decorating decision that you’ll need to consider is if you should stain your deck to blend in or contrast with
the colour of your home’s siding. There’s no hard-and-fast rule on that. However, contrasting colours often work
best—i.e., light siding against the dark wood of your deck. This allows your deck to stand out as a separate living
space. In some cases, you may want the deck’s floor boards to contrast with the siding but have the railings and
balusters be close in colour to the siding to tie the look together.
Furnish and Accessorize
Once you have the coatings and colour scheme chosen, you’re still not done. You need to complete your outdoor
space with fashionable furnishings and accessories. Furnish your deck with outdoor chairs, chaises and sofas that
provide comfort to friends and families. Tables accentuated with a colourful patio umbrella is another way to
Among the accessories that work well on a deck are potted plants and flowers. The greenery of summer flora will
likely look great in contrast to the earthy tones of your deck. Additionally, there are a variety of flowers that will
add color nice color to your deck décor, including pansies, geraniums, impatiens and petunias.
Last but not least, don’t forget the lighting. Overhead string lighting and lanterns add a nice finishing touch.
Overhead lighting provides a nice ambience and also allows your deck to be seen in all its glory even after the sun