How to stain your fence/deck

Staining your fence / deck:

One of the most commonly asked questions I get from my clients once I have completed a deck or a front feature fence is "what is the best stain to use on my deck/fence", "what is the best way to apply the stain", and "how often do I need to apply the stain to ensure longer life of the product built"

i thought I would take the time out to answer all of these questions for you.

firstly let's address the question:



"what is the best stain to use on my deck or fence"?

i have always sworn by cabots stain. In my experience it is the most durable and has a great uv protection rating.

cabots have a large range of products available and I would always advise the client to ask the person at the counter which type of stain will suit the project they are staining!

if you are staining a merbau deck or fence I would recommend the merbau stain as it will enrich the red colour of the timber, however if you have had a deck or fence made out of cypris I would recommend a clear stain that will show off the knots and the natural style of the timber. 

I have found that applying a merbau stain to a cypris material will result in a blotchy effect and re-application will be required constantly to overcome this problem.



"what is the best way to apply the stain"?

if you are staining a deck I would recommend using a staining broom. These can be found at your local bunnings / masters / handyman shops. 

Be sure not to overlap the stain as it will effect the consistency of the look throughout your deck.

if you are staining a fence be sure to use a paint brush not a staining broom!!!!!

make sure that the paint brush that you use is a good quality one so that the hairs of the brush are not left in the stain on your new fence.



"how often should I apply the stain"?

this is a very simple rule!!

after the deck / fence is completed stain once then allow for it to dry.

stain a second time and allow to dry.

stain once every 12 months after the initial stain to ensure the longer life of the timber.



do not thin oil

do not use external oil indoors

do not overlap oil application 


big pros to using cabots:

it is richly pigmented helping with extra uv protection

12-18month reapplication process

scuff resistant finish designed to be walked on.


i hope that this has been some help in answering some questions in regard to staining your deck or fence. If you would like any further information, a free quote on your next deck or front feature fence, or a recommendation of acclaimed fencing approvepled deck or front feature fence painters / strainers please feel free to call Aaron on 0414909227