101 Wood Deck Cleaning Staining Tips | Restoration Steps Always apply the wood stain to the verticals (railings, fencing, trellis, etc.) .... In our opinion this should never be used on decking surface. 80. ..... immediately after construction with a UV clear coat by Flood CWF oil (Menards). ... Semi Transparent Water base stain that is a darker but still natural tone called Covered Bridge.