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My family and I are refinishing our deck. We live in area with wild weather so, even though it called for a week of sun, immediately after finishing sanding our deck (to a very beautiful underneath) it got drenched from rain. It took 5 people 3 days of sanding to finish it. Please, please don't tell me we have to do it again. I have read many things about wood pores and finish that won't stick.

Is this rain going to affect anything? Or can we let it dry for a day or so and proceed with staining?

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I doubt this will help you now seeing as its been over a year but I would say that every product I've ever used says "apply to clean dry surface" or something to that effect, even water borne stuff. Which is to say that you'll get the best penetration and adhesion with wood that's perfectly dry.

If you're using a product that has a staining effect you'll get areas that repel the stain more than others and it will look blotchy. To be safe I would suggest letting it dry as thoroughly as you can (tarp it, put heaters/fans to it, whatever you can manage) then lightly sand again as the moisture will have raised the grain. Once you've prepped, apply your finish and keep it dry for as long as the manufacturer recommends you stay of it, usually 24 hours.

Good luck!

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