Tips for Staining Your Fence

Staining your fence keeps your wood in good shape and your property looking great. Staining your fence may seem like a tedious and dreadful job. But, with a few tips and a little bit of guidance, you can have your fence looking good is new while still keeping your sanity.

Summertime brings with it baseball, barbecues and a chance to knockout those projects you’ve then avoiding all winter, keeping up to date with your fence is work.

Preparing Your Fence

Before you load up your roller and start staining, you need to prepare the wood. The best way to do this is with the power washer. Using a power washer allows you to get rid of all of the mold, mildew an old wood on the fence, giving you the opportunity to start with a clean, fresh surface.

Go with the Grain

One tip, before you start. Turn the power washer on but remove the nozzle or tip and let water run through the wand before putting the nozzle back on. This helps to remove any air from the hose or wand.

When you are wielding the pressure washer make sure that you go one plank at a time and spray from the top to the bottom. You want to go vertically, with the grain of the wood. Do not spray horizontally across the wood. This will leave you with marks that will be visible after you stain.

After you have stripped the fence be sure to rinse the wood.

Getting down to Business

Now it is time to start staining. For this you will need a 9 inch roller, a 3 inch paintbrush and a 1 inch paintbrush. The brushes will allow you to touchup spots that you have gone over with the roller but still might need a little extra work.

Firstly, you want to put a tarp down in the area that you will be working to catch any drips. Give the container of stain a good shaking before you pop it open. Then stir it thoroughly to make sure that everything is well mixed.

Pour the stain into a smaller container like a paint tray. Dip the roller into the stain and begin applying it to the fence. When you stain the fence, make sure you are going vertically with the grain.

When you get to small corners or crannies of the fence, use a paintbrush or smaller roller to ensure you get complete coverage.

When the first coat is done wait for the stain to dry and then cover the fence with a second coat.

Staining a fence just might not be in your wheelhouse. Or, you may find some structural issues that need to be taken care of, give us a call. Elite Exteriors has the tools, expertise and experience to get your fence looking good as new.

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1933 Union Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63125
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