When we moved into our house 2 years ago, it was pretty clear to us that the deck was in BADDDD shape. Our house was 12 years old and it was very clear that it had not been re-stained well... ever. So, it was time. Not only that, but our deck is in the shade the majority of the day which means that mildew can build up. One day it was raining out and I ran after a groundhog... yea... and I slipped and fell on my butt because the deck was slippery from the mildew... great. So, deck staining and refinishing... here we come!
1. There can't be any rain in the forecast
2. The deck currently cannot be damp
3. You will not be able to use your grill (GASP) or sit on your deck for a period of 2-3 days after the stain is finished.
We did a lot of research on what type of stain to buy for our project (our deck was about 12 years old, we assumed), and we found the Behr Premium paint to be the best choice. The consumer reports rating on it is extremely high and I already love their regular paint line. I was a little bit concerned because it is a 'solid color' meaning that once you apply the 'stain' you can't see the wood anymore. That made me sad. However, it ended up turning out great, and the best part is... it lasts 10 YEARS. That means that the countless hours that I spent staining my deck were worth it!!!
So, we started this painting job and got the railing done and then it started storming. Go figure, there was no rain in the forecast... and it proceeded to rain off and on for 2 weeks! That means we were without a grill for 2- weeks. It was pretty devastating. The entire staining job took us an entire weekend because our deck is so large it took 1 day per coat and we needed two coats. I also didn't wear sunscreen on my back and got roasted - I wouldn't recommend that.