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I want to stain my deck with an oil based stain it is to be hot and sunny all day today 85 for a high and has been dry for last 3 days tomorrow's forecast say 70% chance of rain should I do this or put off again. I've had my stain since Memorial Day and we haven't had a dry stretch of more than 2 days in which we needed time for the deck to dry to even consider doing the job.

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Most oil-based deck stains need at least 24 hours of dry time. High humidity and/or low temperatures will increase that time, so will over-applying the stain. I would not apply it unless I was fairly confident that I had at least 48 hours with no rain. Better to wait.

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If conditions are hot and dry, my experience is 24 hours is plenty. As long as it is dry to the touch you should be ok. A quick note on the stain itself. Two years ago I discovered Behr Deckover. This product is more expensive than traditional stains and goes on thick. However, after two years not a crack or blemish. Looks like it was just applied. The mfgr claims crack free for 11 years. Well worth the trip.

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