Step 4: Let Dry

let the deck wood dry before applying the finish
Photo: Kristine Larsen
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•Before stain can be applied, the wood must dry or it won't absorb the finish. Three or four consecutive days without rain is enough time in most climates. (When in doubt, check with a moisture meter; when it reads 15 percent or less, the wood is ready to coat.)

•Sweep the deck clean before applying stain.
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    Tools List

    • synthetic brush
      Synthetic filament brush
    • scrub brush
      Stiff, chemical resistant brush
    • Whisk Broom
      Broom
    • Power washer

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    1. SEMI-TRANSPARENT DECK STAIN

    2. CHLORINE BLEACH

    3. LATEX GLOVES

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