Frequently Asked Questions From Customers

Why should I use Stain Right to stain my deck or fence?
  • Enhanced Appearance
  • Protection Against UV Rays
  • Water Resistance
  • Prevention of Mold and Mildew
  • Protection Against Rot and Decay
  • Extended Lifespan
  • Preservation of Natural Wood Grain
  • Ease of Maintenance
  • Increased Property Value
How long will my staining project take?

Most of our projects are done within 1 or 2 working days. Process is typically one day to pressure wash, a waiting period of 1 days to 3 weeks and then one day to stain. 

How often should my deck or fence be stained?

We highly recommend a re-application every 1.5 to 2.5 years for decks and every 2.5 to 4 years for fences depending on the transparency chosen. The less transparent the stain the longer it last, typically. 

How long will my stain last?

Although stains will actually last longer than the recommended reapplication period. The lifespan of the stain depends on many factors such as the stain type, wood type, sun exposure, foot traffic, and water exposure. Stains are likely to endure less in environments with chlorine or saltwater pools, as well as areas with heavy foot traffic like restaurants and commercial spaces.

When is the best time to stain my new fence or deck?

With each passing day, your fence or deck will undergo aging processes such as graying, warping, cracking and splitting. To maintain its current aesthetic, it is crucial to apply a high quality stain as soon as possible. However, certain factors like moisture content play a role, and external elements such as rain, humidity, and pressure washing may affect the timing. While there’s truly no fixed timeframe for staining, it is advisable to wait until the wood reaches the appropriate moisture level. 14% or lower for oil based stains and 18% or lower for water based stain. Generally, a new fence or deck can be stained within 3-9 weeks of installation depending on the time of the year. Also, cedar is typically kiln dried in our region and is ready to stain immediately. 

How do you prep before staining?

Our usual Platinum Package on aged wood is an 8 step process start to finish. Wash, light strip, treat, brighten, spot sand, prep, mask and stain. 

Our approach to your project is adaptable and depends on the consideration of many factors like the wood type, incompatible coatings, age and the condition of the wood.

What are the different transparencies of stain?

Transparent, Semi-transparent, Semi-solid and Solid stains. They progressively contain higher pigment concentrations. Increased pigment reduces the visibility of wood grain and imperfections.

For newer wood, we recommend transparent or semi-transparent stains. For older wood, semi-solid and solid stains are preferred.

Can I use a different stain than what I have on?

Typically, it is recommended to either use the same product, a solid finish, or strip/sand it off to use a better quality product. 

How do you prevent stains from getting to my house and property?

Prior to commencing each project, we conduct a thorough property inspection to identify areas requiring protection from stain and overspray. To protect your home, we will cover anything that needs it with masking plastic or dropcloths.

In cases where there’s a shared fence or a neighboring house in close proximity, we may request access to their yard to ensure comprehensive property protection. 

What products do you use?

The main stains we use are American made, eco friendly stains from Expert Stain and Seal! We are also quite fond of Cabot, TWP and Sherwin William solid stains. 

Do you require a deposit?

Yes we do, all customers pay a 25% scheduling deposit to cover some of the materials and to avoid last minute cancellations. This is refundable as long as we haven’t ordered the stain. 

When can we expect you to come out to start the project?

We will tell you at the time of the quote/scheduling how many weeks of work we have ahead of us and then we’ll confirm the chosen timeframe 1 week ahead of starting. Please keep in mind that we may get ahead of the schedule if the weather is cooperative or fall behind if it’s rainy or too windy. A light rain may push us back 1 day, while a heavy rain can push us back 2 or even 3 days. 

Can I get a quote without having to be home for a quote?

Yes! We can actually quote most staining projects over the phone, text or email. Just let us know the approximate size, answer some simple questions, and provide some recent photos of the area. We’ve got the process down pat. 

Do you stain the underside of decks?

We won’t do that unless you ask us to include it at the time of the quote or before starting, so if you would like that done, please let us know!