We have perfected a process for staining decks and fences that will save you money. Before staining a deck or fence we send out a crew before hand to pressure wash the surface. That way it wont have any dirt or debris on it when we stain it. For solid color we tape up the house and tarp of the ground that way we are able to use a sprayer leaving a smooth and consistent finish. When we use semi-transparent or transparent stain we use a brush to achieve that natural finish that you are looking for.