Deck staining in cold weather.

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Jim asked 9 years ago

I began to stain my new outside deck. I had a family emergency and could not finish the job. I went back to finish and I guess it was too cold outside because the layer I put on the second time became all white and crusty. Now the temperature is in the 40’s. Is there any way to complete this with the temperature this way? I was thinking of buying a blow heater to help warm the deck up a little before application, which is probably foolish. If you can help me with dilemma it would be greatly appreciated.

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Crowder Painting answered.

Don't use the heater. It could cause a fire and it wouldn't do much for you. What type of stain are you using? An oil base stain could be applied down to 40 degrees as long as there is no moisture during and after application. I suspect moisture is the culprit.

Try to wait until the temps are better. One way to finish your deck is to wait until midday, allowing the deck to warm up a little and hopefully dry a little, then apply the stain. Stain complete boards, a few at a time. Try to allow a couple of hours of sunlight to help dry the stain. It could take a while doing it this way.