Wooden fences require ongoing maintenance in order to look good and last a long time. Although painting is an option, a nice stain provides a more natural look that fits better into many landscape designs. The stain protects the fence from the elements, such as moisture damage, while also cutting down on the appearance of stains or discoloration. The following guide can help you prepare for stain application.
The first decision you need to make is the transparency of the stain. A transparent stain allows the natural beauty of the wood to shine through. This stain is good for attractive woods, like cedar and redwood, or for newer fences where the wood is in good condition. A semi-transparent stain has a bit of color, which can help even out discoloration on older fencing or fences that have been stained by mildew or algae. Opt for a hybrid acrylic and oil stain if possible. The acrylics in these stains withstand UV damage and sun fading, while the oil components penetrate deeply into the wood to help prevent damage from moisture and rot.
If there is old paint or dark stains on the fence, you will need to remove it before you can stain. The easiest way to do this is with a pressure washer set to a low enough setting so that it won't damage the wood. Starting with a clean slate ensures the stain soaks in properly. Further, inspect the fence before you stain so you can repair or replace any boards that are damaged or showing signs of rot.
The landscaping around your fence must also be protected, as stain drips can be toxic to plants and lawns. Cover the area directly in front of where you are working with a tarp or plastic sheeting. Just make sure to remove the tarp promptly after you are done, otherwise the plants beneath the tarp can overheat and die. If bushes or vines are growing up against the fence, trim them prior to staining or tie them back until the stain has dried.
Your final decision is how you will apply the stain. A brush or roller is the simplest option, especially if there is any wind or breeze on the day you plan to stain. This method can take longer, particularly for larger fences, and you will have to take care to ensure you get stain in all the nooks and crannies of the fence. If there is no wind, then you can instead use a paint sprayer to apply the stain. This option is quicker and provides even coverage.
For more help, contact a fence staining contractor like Rainier Fencing & Decking in your area.Share
7 May 2020
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