Prepping A Deck For Summer

The BBQ season is upon us! Here’s some top tips to prep your deck for the warmer times ahead.

There’s nothing quite like having your friends and family over for a cook-up & a relaxing time in the summer sun. Having a clean bbq alongside with a spectacular view can certainly help in this department, a slimy deck… not so much

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It’s All About Prep

Depending on the condition of your deck, the prep work varies! If your deck is particularly slimy, you might need to give it a water blast. Water blasting is particularly savage to decks so only use one if you really need to! Ask a friendly neighbour to borrow one if you don’t want to fork out a rental fee or buy one outright.

If it’s not too slimy, dirty, or untreated there are a myriad of products that can be used to either spray and leave, or spray and wash off immediately.

If your deck is just needing a top up, sometimes just a bit of soapy water or a simple brush down may be in order.

Once your deck has been prepped, it’s important to let it dry out completely.


Picking a stain: Water? Varnish? Oil? What does it mean?

When confronted with the multitude of products at your local hardware shop, it can be difficult to understand exactly what the benefits and uses of each are. Here’s a quick breakdown.


Not really suitable for a decking project. Varnish dries ‘hard’ which is unsuitable for walking areas outside. However, applying a lick of varnish on top of stained outdoor furniture is a fun side project!

Water Based Stain

Dries very quickly and is best used for touch up & reapplication jobs. Can be used on top of pre-stained timber, oil or water based. Generally less durable than oil based stains & less penetrative.

Oil Based Stain

Durable and penetrates deep into the wood to protect it. Takes a little longer to dry, but much easier to manage evenness & application.

Hardwood? Softwood?

Your deck is most likely made of ‘hardwood’ Radiata pine which takes to staining very easily! Unless you’ve built your deck or are obsessed with the utmost quality, an oil based or water based stain should make your deck look great.



Oil based & water based stains are easily applied to a deck. A foam applicator pad assists greatly. A handy hint is to be generous when applying an oil based stain to get amongst the grooves. You can always wipe off excess to get an even coat. A paintbrush kept handy will help you get into those tight to reach spots & edges.

Let dry completely, curing takes a good few hours, even on hot summer days! Now enjoy your fresh deck with some friends & family.

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