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Stain and Seal 101: Avoiding Stripes, Drips and Runs

Stain and Seal 101: Avoiding Stripes, Drips and Runs

We have been getting a lot of questions about how we get such beautiful results while some Do It Your Selfers finish their project wishing they had hired a pro.  I am specifically talking about fences and decks that have stripes, drips, runs, and light or dark places in the stain job.  We have all seen a fence or deck with these problems, here is how to fix it.

We can cure 99% of our fence stain or deck stain inconsistencies by following these 3 simple stain and seal guide lines.

  • 1. Make sure you have the right product for the right application.  This means that you must make sure you use Fence Stain on a Fence and Deck Stain on a Deck.  If you don’t follow this rule, you will have big problems


  • 2. This rule is critical to having an even finish. You must ALWAYS apply your stain by following the grain or length of the board.  It doesn’t matter if you spray, roll or brush your stain on you must follow this rule. This one tip will eliminate all striping issues.


  • 3. This is the final piece to the puzzle.  You must be consistent in your application.  If you have 3 people doing their own thing on your fence or deck you are going to have a nightmare on your hands.  Make sure that once you find a method that works for you that everyone follows the same stain application method.
So to recap make sure you use the right product, always follow the length of the board with your application no matter what and finally find a pattern and stick to it.
If you follow these 3 steps you are sure to have a beautifully stained fence or deck every time.  If you want to learn more you can see this link to a video we made on this very subject.
This Stain and Seal 101 blog post was brought to you by
Caleb Roth Founder @
Central Tennessee Fence Staining
The Stain and Seal Authority