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"To eliminate lap marks when applying stain to a deck floor, stain 3 to 4 boards at a time only—end to end—for an even application and a uniform look."
— Tom Ferry, Fineline Painting
"When staining softer types of wood, such as pine or fir, seal the wood first with a pre-stain to ensure color uniformity. This also eliminates blotches."
— Casey Hedstrom, Hedstrom Decorating
"For a complete look when staining a deck floor, a good way to get in between the boards is to use a type of pump sprayer and back brush."
— Steve Jeska, Jeska Painting
"A tip to save on thinners or brush cleaners: If you know you are going to reuse the brush or roller, place them into a plastic baggie to keep them from drying out."
— Mark Olson, Marks Painting
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