While it involves quite a bit more care and a different technique than staining a regular wooden deck, it can be done.
However, there are some differences in wood staining versus composite staining. The standard procedure for wood restoration needs to be changed. For example, the pressure used must be gentler than usual. Also, the pressure washing tip needs to be at least twelve inches away from the surface, as it is very easy to make marks on composite surface.
Once the surface is cleaned and all of the grime and dirt removed with the pressure washer, you can apply the stain. It's up to you whether you use a brush, roller, sprayer, or pad applicator.
Here are some tips for the application of the composite deck stain:
-Use a wood cleaner before you stain the surface of your deck. A lot of the dirt and grime can affect the outcome of your project.
-When painting with a brush, always use a back-brush method. This will ensure an even application.
-Apply the stain first to vertical surfaces. As you do so, be careful not to allow the stain to drip onto horizontal areas.
-Work through the entire board length, including the end.
-Apply coats evenly to the whole surface.
-Allow time for the stain to dry before allowing foot-traffic through the deck. This will ensure an even and aesthetically pleasing deck.