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Hey guys,

I'll be the first to admit that sanding and finishing is my least favorite portion of a project so I need your guys' guidance (wisdom). I think I'm too impatient or just get in a rush to see the finished product...

I've been re-sanding my cedar deck to apply a new stain and after nearly being finished it is now pouring rain:thumbdown: What does this mean for the pores and what I should do next? Do I have to re-sand or can I just let it dry for overnight/tomorrow?

Thanks guys, I'm looking forward to your thoughts.
 

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Water actually opens the pores but the rain can cause dirt to wash down off of the roof and that will clog the pores so I wouldn't put the stain on before doing something. You can go ahead and wash the deck if you haven't yet, that would eliminate the need to re-sand. I'd suggest letting the deck dry for at least two days and make sure and check the forecast to make sure it's not going to rain again in the next few days.
 

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If it's pouring rain on your deck I would ignore it for a week or so. The deck will need to be re-sanded but it shouldn't take near as much sanding as you've already done. Probably sanding with finer paper would be best. For the most part you will just need to smooth the wood out from having the grain raised from being wet.
 
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