I am planning to stain my deck but I recently put a wood filler on cracks and joints which is stainable. I already used a deck clean..but the woodfiller and the deck color doesn't seem to have the same colour.. what is the best thing to do or use for staining? thanks in advance for your help..
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Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. It's marvellous to have you join us, and thanks for sharing your question about staining wood filler.
If the filler you've used has indicated that it is stainable, it should be able to absorb the stain you've chosen for your deck. Whether it is oil or water-based the filler should be able to absorb it. I suggest reading the instructions printed on the filler container.
At this point in time, I can only suggest testing a small portion of your deck with the stain of your choice and observe if it blends in. My only other recommendation is to add a few extra spot coats on the filled area so that the deck stain will disguise it.
If you have any other questions we can help with, please let us know.
Thanks alot would try that.. any recommendation for a deck stain?
There are so many to choose from and it is a personal choice on how dark or light a stain you want on your deck. I propose visiting your local store and having a look at the deck stain samples on display. For me personally I've used Cabot's 4L Merbau Aquadeck Exterior Decking Oil it's easy to apply and is water-based which makes cleaning brushes relatively easy.
I'm a bit of traditionalist when it comes to decking colour and have always gone with Merbau. But please don't let me stop you from choosing your own colour. Have a good look and speak to the paint specialist at the store if you want to know what the current trend is. Once you've chosen your colour remember to test it on the filler first before you commit the whole deck.
If you need further assistance, please let us know.