How to Stain a Deck & Fence (Without Losing Your Mind!)
Posted By
Kim Tritz
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Materials Needed: 
  • Stain Stick with Gap Wheel
  • Super Finish Max Sprayer
  • Deck and Fence Stain
  • Deck Cleaner and/or Power Washer if necessary
  • Drop Cloths
  • Paint Brush
  • Cardboard or other barrier (to protect house/grass/etc)

Project Steps


Discover the quick and easy way to stain your deck and fence this summer using HomeRight tools!                                               

Step 1

Begin by cleaning your deck and fence.  We used a pressure washer because all our previous stain was peeling and flaking. If your paint/stain is flaking, you'll need to get rid of the flaking stain/paint before you apply your new stain.  Otherwise, it will not stick. 

Step 2

After your wood has dried completely (we learned this the hard way - our sob story can be found here), you're ready for staining! Prep your area if necessary by covering the grass or other areas you don't want to get stain on. 

We began with the deck, watch a video on how simple it is to use the Stain Stick with Gap Wheel right here

Assemble your Stain Stick with Gap Wheel by inserting the gap wheel stain pad and tightening the coupling. Pop the pick-up tube into your gallon of stain, and insert the top of the tube into the Stain Stick, and pull the handle to fill the stick.  

The stick holds 18oz of stain, and I only needed to refill about 3 1/2 times for my deck.  

Step 3

Start staining! This step is basically like mopping, but much more fun.  The gap wheel will drop to fill in between the deck boards, and you just mop your way to a fresh deck. The wheel will stay up in the pad when the stain pad is on a flat surface, so this will ensure even coverage. 

Step 4

Admire your deck, and prep for the fence! We used the green nozzle on the HomeRight Super Finish Max sprayer, and did not need to thin the stain. You'll want to read and test your stain (or paint if you're painting) to thin properly, but our stain was perfect with the green nozzle.

To change the nozzle, use the included tool to loosen/tighten as necessary. Drop cloth or cover with coardboard any areas you don't want to spray with stain. 

Step 5

Fill the paint cup with your stain, screw it on, and plug it in. Find a pattern that works for your particular fence.  We did the inside first. The horizontal/crossbar pieces first (top-front-underneath - on each piece, 2 per panel), then went for the vertical pieces. These pieces, we attacked right-center-left.

If there are any places that are heavier or dripping, you can back brush as needed.  As you go along, double check the outside of the fence to make sure there's no pooling stain or drips.  If there are, just wipe it with the brush. 

Step 6

I preferred to do one panel, and then get the outside, so they could dry at the same time together, and I could blend the wet stains together to avoid dripping.  Andrew sprayed the outer side of the fence panel here in this video.  

The pattern we did here matches the right-center-left pattern we used on the vertical pieces. Once the panels are done, go back to double check for any missed places, or any drippy areas. 

Step 7

Proceed with the rest of the fencing! 

Cleaning up the sprayer is a breeze with water or paint thinner (depending on what stain/paint you have used). I used a water based stain for both colors, so I just ran water through my sprayer and the Stain Stick, and took apart the nozzle to brush out any stain on the sprayer. For the Stain Stick with Gap Wheel, I ran water through the stick and washed the stain pad with warm soapy water. 

To view our video using both the HomeRight Super Finish Max sprayer and StainStick with Gap Wheel, and to see the rest of this project, click here
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