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Hey guys, this week my mother is wanting me to come over this week to stain their porch and dock for an upcoming family get together. My problem is that I've never done it before. Do you guys have any tips? I read you should sand and pressure wash the wood before you stain it, what's the point in sanding it and is that part really needed? How many coats are you supposed to put on? And how long should you wait before the wood can get wet again after staining? It is calling for afternoon showers all week and I don't want it getting ruined.

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from what i've done, you dont HAVE to sand, but it might open up the pores and make it take the stain better. i didn't sand when i did a house i was selling. you should buy some cleaner and pre-clean it before doing it though. i didn't use a pressure washer but i will be doing a pressure wash on the new house before i stain it. it's not a fun job by any means though lol.
 

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You do not have to sand. You need to properly wash the deck though. Stop in at a Sherwin Williams and by a product called deck wash and follow the instructions to wash your deck. Then buy the porch stain from them. Semi transparent porch stain in any color of your choice. It will cost a bit more than going to Walmart but it will last three times as long.

Does the deck currently have anything on it? Or is it virgin wood? If it does use a product called Revive then use the deck wash. Then stain it. Use a brush too because it works the stain into the wood.

I work for a paint company and the recommend drying time for full use after staining with Sherwin stain is 4 hours. I would also put on two coats. And like I said, use a good stain brush to really work the stain into the wood.
 
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