Steel Cable Deck Railing Images - There are a lot of people that hear about deck stains and deck sealants plus they get confused between the two. Most of the quality deck stains available are both stain and sealant in one, so you don't need to worry about which one to use. I prefer a deck blot from Sherwin Williams called " DeckScapes". It is about the best quality I have seen, but it costs a little bit more than some of the others. I also enjoy Cabot, but I won't utilize Behr.
You are going to want to use the deck blot in the morning once the sun isn't hot. The deck needs to be cool and the temperature should remain above fifty levels before the stain completely dries to make a great seal. Apply a generous amount of stain as it's two-fold in goal. It is creating the deck look nice and it's protecting it from the weather. I mention this since I have received letters from homeowners that use just enough blot to their decks to look nice, but they need to apply it each year.
You most likely won't be able to stain the underside of the deck, but it does not matter. If you can't see it, the sun probably can't get to it either. After the deck is moist from the blot, it'll be very susceptible to dust and footprints so try to keep the children off of it for at least two days if this is possible. Now, I just use the cleaner and a rigid deck brush or broom.
If you would like to experiment with different shades of stain, then you will have many options to pick from. The most significant part the blot would be to slow down the deterioration process of the timber, so no matter colour, make certain that is a good sealant blot.