Deck Staining

At Custom Painting, Inc., we believe that deck staining is an art, an essential layer of protection that breathes life into your outdoor retreat. It’s about enhancing the natural beauty of the wood, protecting it against the elements, and preserving the memories woven into its fibers. 

We believe your deck is more than just wood and nails—it’s a cornerstone of outdoor living. And such things must be protected – this is where our deck staining service comes in!

Custom Painting, Inc. provides professional deck staining services. With a blend of expertise, unwavering commitment to quality, and a love for outdoor spaces, our experts are ready to breathe new life into your deck. 

Types of Stains to Choose From

Types of Stains to Choose From

Transparent Stain

It is ideal for new or well-maintained wood. If you want natural wood grain and color to shine through, this is the type of stain to go for. However, they provide basic protection against UV rays and water damage.

Semi-Transparent Stain

It is suitable for slightly aged wood and the best choice if you want more color and wood grain. It provides moderate UV protection and water resistance.

Semi-Solid Stain

Unlike semi-transparent stains, semi-solid stains offer more pigment, giving a richer color. They are ideal for moderately weathered wood and provide better UV protection and water resistance than semi-transparent stains.

Solid Stain

It provides an opaque finish, completely covering the wood grain and color. Solid stains are the best choice for significantly weathered and previously stained decks. Also, it offers the highest level of UV protection and water resistance.

Oil-Based Stain

Such stains penetrate the wood deeply, enhancing its natural beauty and richness. Typically, oil-based stains require more drying time and emit strong odors during application. However, they provide excellent water resistance and durability.

Water-Based Stain

It dries faster and emits fewer odors compared to oil-based stains. The plus point is that water-based stains offer good protection against UV rays and are environmentally friendly. However, they can slightly raise the wood grain, requiring light sanding for a smooth finish.

Gel Stain

As the name suggests, it has a thick, gel-like consistency, making it easy to control during application. It provides a more even color, especially on dense woods like pine or maple — an excellent choice for vertical surfaces (both indoor and outdoor projects).

Deck Resurfacers

These are thicker coatings designed to fill cracks and provide a new, smooth surface to weathered decks. Deck resurfacing is often used for severely weathered or damaged wood.

The best thing about them is that they can be textured or non-textured and are available in a range of colors.

Benefits of Deck Staining

Benefits of Deck Staining

Deck staining is not merely a cosmetic enhancement; it’s a protective layer that extends the life and beauty of your outdoor space.

Here are the significant benefits of opting for deck staining:

Enhanced Aesthetics: Deck staining adds depth and richness to the natural beauty of the wood – this will definitely complement your outdoor aesthetics.

Protection from Elements: The stain acts as a shield against the elements, providing resistance to water, UV rays, and mildew, preventing decay and degradation of the wood.

Preservation of Wood: Deck staining helps preserve the integrity of the wood by reducing wear and tear, thereby extending its lifespan, and saving you money overall.

Versatility in Colors and Finishes: Deck stains come in a variety of colors and finishes, allowing you to choose a look that suits your style and preferences, whether it’s a natural wood tone or a bold color.

Cost-Effective Maintenance: Regular deck staining is a cost-effective maintenance measure, as it protects the wood from costly damage that may require extensive repairs or replacement.

When Should You Restain Your Deck


When Should You Restain Your Deck

Re-staining is essential to keep your deck looking fresh and well-protected. Look for these signs that indicate it’s time for a new coat:

  • Faded Color: If the color of your deck has faded significantly, it’s time for a re-stain to restore its vibrancy and protection.
  • Water Absorption: Pour a few drops of water on the deck; if the wood absorbs it rapidly instead of repelling it, it’s time to re-stain.
  • Peeling or Cracking: If you notice peeling or cracking in the existing stain, it’s essential to re-stain to maintain the deck’s protection.
  • Visible Wear and Tear: High-traffic areas often show signs of wear like scuffs, scratches, or rough patches, signaling the need for re-staining.
  • Mold or Mildew Growth: If you notice mold or mildew growth on your deck, it’s important to restrain after thoroughly cleaning the surface to prevent future growth.
  • Wood Feels Rough to the Touch: If the wood feels rough rather than smooth to the touch, it indicates that the old stain has weathered, and a new stain is needed.

Our Deck Staining Process

1. Preparations

The experts thoroughly inspect your deck and identify any repairs or maintenance needed. They carefully prepare the deck by cleaning away debris, dirt, and mildew to ensure a clean surface for staining.

2. Cleaning and Sanding

Sanding is important to obtain a smooth wood surface to work on. Sanding enhances the stain’s adherence and ensures an even finish. Sanding also helps remove any old stains or rough patches that could affect the new stain’s application.

3. Choosing Stain

We collaborate closely with you to choose the perfect stain color and type that aligns with your preferences and complements your outdoor aesthetics. Our team can also create custom stain blends to achieve the exact shade you desire.

4. Test Application

Before proceeding on a large area, we perform a small test application of the chosen stain on a discreet area to ensure it meets your expectations in terms of color and finish.

5. Stain Application

Once approved, we apply the stain using professional-grade tools and techniques to ensure an even coat and optimal absorption into the wood. Our team pays special attention to corners, edges, and hard-to-reach areas for a consistent finish.

6. Drying and Curing

We allow the stain to dry and cure as per the manufacturer’s recommendations, ensuring a strong bond with the wood for long-lasting protection.

7. Quality Inspection

After drying, our team conducts a thorough quality inspection to verify the stain’s uniformity, color accuracy, and overall finish.

8. Final Touches and Clean-Up

After staining and quality inspection, the team conducts any necessary final touch-ups and ensures the work area is cleaned so you can use your deck immediately!


Your deck deserves the best care and protection, and Custom Painting, Inc. is here to provide just that. With decades of experience in this field and having some of the best painters on the team, we can proudly say that Custom Painting, Inc. are much ahead of the competition. 

We believe that high-quality tools and materials are an important requirement for an artist to excel in his art. And we incorporate this ideology in our business as well. Our team only uses high-quality materials and top-notch tools so you can get the outcome you deserve. 

Contact us today at 925-686-0903 to schedule a consultation, request a free estimate, or learn more about how we can transform your deck into a true outdoor oasis. If you want a quick call back, fill out this form