Dunn-Edwards Solid Color Stain



A wooden deck in front of a house


Get beautiful results designed to last longer than traditional deck stains with this solid-color stain that resists UV and water damage. Breathe new life into wood surfaces that have a worn coat of paint, stain or varnish—or are grayed from time and exposure to the elements. Protect new wood with a beautiful, solid-color finish.

Introducing SOLID-COLOR Exterior Deck, Fence & Siding Stain by Dunn-Edwards


Dunn-Edwards Solid Color Stain


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How to prep and stain a deck

Step 1: Know your wood type

The final appearance of any stained wood is affected by the unique characteristics of the wood species. Be sure to test a small area to see how the product performs and check its final appearance once dry.

Step 2: Water bead test

Whether your deck is new wood or was previously coated, sprinkle droplets of water on several areas of the deck to determine if it is ready for staining. If the water ‘beads’ anywhere, you need to prepare the surface by either cleaning or sanding the wood.

If your wood is new and/or treated, it is best to allow it to weather 4-6 weeks then test it again. If new and/or treated wood has to be stained before it can weather, using a wood cleaner and brightener is recommended.

If the water soaks into the wood, it’s ready to be stained.

Step 3: Clean your deck

First, gather your tools:

• garden hose or pressure washer
• bucket
• applicator tools (roller with
a long handle and a trim brush)
• painter’s tape
• scrub brush (long handle)

Choose a wood cleaner that is formulated to remove mildew, dirt and foreign matter from the surface. After cleaning, use a wood brightener to remove discoloration caused by tannin bleed, which commonly occurs in redwood and cedar wood species. This step also opens the wood grain to more readily accept the new stain. When using wood cleaners and brighteners, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use.

Step 4: Repair damaged wood

Examine all surfaces for signs of loose wood fibers, splintering or any other issues. Sand and repair them as needed. Dust any debris off the surfaces before proceeding to apply new coats of stain.

Step 5: Prime metal parts

Your deck may have been built using some metal parts such as anchors, footings and straps. Although STAINSEAL Exterior Solid-Color Deck, Fence & Siding Stain does provide some protection against rust and corrosion, it is best to first prime these surfaces with an appropriate metal primer to improve durability.

Step 6: Stain your deck

Once the deck is clean and dry, it’s time to stain. Stir the stain well and always keep a few rags on hand for spills or drips. Just like any painting project, cut in around the edges with a brush, then cover the large areas using a roller with a long handle so you can stand and move freely. Work quickly, as the first coat will penetrate into the wood. Following the direction of the grain, coat three boards at a time, working along the entire length to a natural break. Let it dry for a minimum of 4 hours then recoat using the same method.

The second coat will even out the finish and the color will deepen and intensify.

STAINSEAL Exterior Solid-Color Deck, Fence & Siding Stain goes on smoothly and uniformly then dries to the color you chose. It can be applied to synthetic deck materials once the surface has been prepared and an appropriate primer has been applied.

Step 7: Enjoy the outdoors

Your project is finished, and you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor for years to come.

Solid-Color Collection 50 colors

Go to Plum Pudding Mahogany color page

Plum Pudding Mahogany| DESS01

Go to Giant Sequoia Grove color page

Giant Sequoia Grove| DESS02

Go to Redwood Forest Cathedral color page

Redwood Forest Cathedral| DESS03

Go to I Cut the Cherry Tree color page

I Cut the Cherry Tree| DESS04

Go to Sedona Sandstone color page

Sedona Sandstone| DESS06

Go to Secret Tree House color page

Secret Tree House| DESS08

Go to Jacobean Renaissance color page

Jacobean Renaissance| DESS12

Go to Cabin in Candlelight color page

Cabin in Candlelight| DESS19

Go to Sweet Honey Maple color page

Sweet Honey Maple| DESS20

Go to Olivewood Branch color page

Olivewood Branch| DESS21

Go to Scrublands Habitat color page

Scrublands Habitat| DESS24

Go to Prairie Grassland color page

Prairie Grassland| DESS25

Go to Sage Smudge Stick color page

Sage Smudge Stick| DESS28

Go to Walk in the Park color page

Walk in the Park| DESS29

Go to Faded Blue Clapboard color page

Faded Blue Clapboard| DESS34

Go to Preserved Pewter color page

Preserved Pewter| DESS39

Go to Sunbleached Pine color page

Sunbleached Pine| DESS42

Go to Early American Classic color page

Early American Classic| DESS43

Go to Steep Escarpment color page

Steep Escarpment| DESS44

Go to Collecting Driftwood color page

Collecting Driftwood| DESS46

Go to Franciscan Walnut color page

Franciscan Walnut| DESS48

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Dunn-Edwards products are sold in 149 company stores and 90 dealers across Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico Kentucky, Montana, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

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