Common questions

Is deck stain supposed to be shiny?

Is deck stain supposed to be shiny?

Unlike some wood stain finishes on hardwood floors that have a reflective or shiny finish, most exterior deck stains are not meant to be shiny. A deck stain works best when it is applied to a clean wood surface.

Can stain be glossy?

When excess stain (stain that did not soak in) is left on the surface to dry it becomes shiny. This can give the deck an unsightly spotty or blotchy appearance.

What is the best sheen for a deck?

Decks generally look best with a flat sheen, but a contemporary design scheme might call for something different from the norm. Then look for information that tells you how durable the finish is and how easy it will be to apply.

Can I put polyurethane over deck stain?

Applying a clear sealer over a deck stain is never a good idea. Applying a clear sealer or polyurethane over a deck stain will cause more problems than it is worth. If you want a clear finish then you can strip off any old stain and start fresh with bare wood.

Can you put gloss paint on decking?

BEHR Premium Gloss Enamel Porch and Patio Floor Paint It’s also suitable for use on both interior and exterior wood and concrete floors. The water-based deck paint resists cracking, fading, and mildew, and it’s designed to hide imperfections in the decking, such as small cracks.

How do I get a high gloss finish on wood?

  1. Sand the wood with 150-grit sandpaper.
  2. Wipe off the sanding dust using a damp towel or rag.
  3. Prime the wood with a stain-blocking wood primer.
  4. Use a foam brush to paint the wood surface with a high-gloss, oil-based paint.
  5. Apply a second coat of high-gloss, oil-based paint after the first coat dries.

Whats the best coating for a wood deck?

1. Best overall: Kilz Over Armor Wood/Concrete Coating. This is a latex paint made of durable 100% acrylic resin that can be used on most surfaces, from wooden decks to concrete walkways. Kilz Over Armor has a smooth and long-lasting finish that easily fills small cracks and hides imperfections.

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Ruth Doyle