Step 5: Stain the Railings

apply the stain full-strength with a synthetic filament brush to the deck railings
Photo: Kristine Larsen
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•Using a synthetic filament brush slightly wider than the deck's boards, apply the stain full-strength in the same order you scrubbed: top rail, balusters and posts, bottom rail, and then the decking.

•Brush up drips and runs immediately.

•For an even color, stir the stain frequently during application.

Tip: Finish all four sides of each baluster before moving on to the next one.
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    Tools List

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

    Shopping List

    1. SEMI-TRANSPARENT DECK STAIN

    2. CHLORINE BLEACH

    3. LATEX GLOVES

    4. HOSE