New deck time to stain?

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Stanley1138

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My cedar deck was built last November. I was told but just checking for more opinions and info. That I should oil stain late this summer wood should be dry enough. But we had such a dry mild winter wondering if I could do it sooner?

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If it does rain how long should I wait with dry days before staining?
Do all surfaces need to be stained? Underside and posts as well? Use a roller for that for minimal drip waist?
Any other advice on staining a new deck?

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kok328

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Do an absorption test. A few drops of water on the surface. If it soaks in, you ready to stain.
I'd stain only the exposed surfaces and posts. A roller is the way to go. Take measures to protect your house siding while staining (don't ask me how I know this, lol).
 

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April showers bring May flowers. Maybe July/August would be better.
 

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