afterwards, rinse the deck and treat the wood with brighten, then sand down the deck to ensure a smooth staining surface. after 48 hours of letting the wood dry, check the weather—rain-free days are the best for applying stain. if the forecast is dry for at least 36 hours, you’re ready to apply!
prior to staining, the wood should air dry for 24-48 hours after it has been cleaned. if it rains within that window soaking the wood again then wait an addition 1-2 days before staining. it is important the wood is dry before staining otherwise moisture could be trapped under the stain creating an environment for mold and mildew.
no! only apply the coats you know will (hopefully) dry before the rain comes. i put 2 coats on our huge 40x60 deck. my husband was not happy with it and insisted a third coat even though i told him rain was in the forecast. i no sooner got things cleaned up when the sky let loose with a torrential downpour. it bubbled and washed all 3 coats off.
if the damage is merely cosmetic and the deck stain feel and looks good except for a few splotches, you can apply stain to the areas that are lighter to attempt to blend them in with the rest of the deck. wait for the deck to dry completely and the forecast to indicate no rain before refinishing or touching up the stain on the deck.
most deck stain brands will warn against the application of their product within 12-24 hours of rain being forecast. this varies based on stain brand and type.
ideally, waiting a week or longer before cleaning or rinsing the deck will increase the deck stain's lasting qualities. if there are wet spots from the stain overlapping on application, wait at least a week to make certain the overlap sections are completely dry.
always make sure the deck is clean and dry before you begin staining. wait at least 24 hours after washing your deck to apply stain. also, try to avoid staining your deck right before it rains. most stains require at least 2-3 hours for drying. always follow the instructions on the container for application. do your best to apply the stain