STAINING YOUR DECK
Staining the deck surface can be done a number of ways. You can use a pressurized sprayer (and deal with wind staining the side of your house) or you can use a brush (if you like to kneel and bend over for hours at a time) or you can use a large pad applicator (if you have a life).
The paint pad applicator does a great job in providing a nice even coating of stain and covers a large ares quickly. The only downside is the possibility of poor coverage in the cracks between the deck boards if you have a deck with larger gaps.
In that case you may have to use a brush to get the joints, wipe off the stain from the surface while it is wet, then use a pad applicator for the deck surface. Or since you're down there staining the joints by hand, you may just want to stain the deck boards too maintaining a wet edge. If you do stain the deck with a brush, use a 3" to 4" brush.
The Finished Stained Deck
Once complete your deck will look beautiful and be protected for 1 to 3 years. Use care with paint thinner to clean up your brushes. Make sure to follow these tips for safe oily or solvent soaked rag disposal as you clean up.
Let the deck dry for 24 hours and you are on your way to a beautiful barbecue with friends and family!