Once HoneyDo finished building the back porch, I stepped in with the stain.
In Canyon Brown.
Before staining a deck or porch, the wood surface has to be cleaned. Older surfaces need a good cleaning and stripping. Because the porch is new construction, the prep work for the stain was pretty easy.
A sweep up of the pine needles (I love having pine needles to sweep!):
Light sanding of the wood with 60 grit on the sander:
Wipe down with a damp cloth:
And let it dry:
Apply the stain with a brush. The trick with stain (just like with paint) is to maintain a wet edge so you don't get a dark line. Let dry for 24 hours; no one should walk on it. I guess this guy couldn't read the wet paint sign...
I came back and gave it a second coat because we wanted the color a little darker:
One stained back porch: done.
Sorry about the dust- you never can really get rid of the dust when you're living in a reno. We'll finish up this project by painting the banister and under the step, but that will have to wait until the front porch is done and ready for paint.