A wooden privacy fence can do a lot to improve the look of your home but it is a two edged sword. On the one hand, a nicely stained privacy fence can lend your backyard or hot tub a touch of style while keeping out any prying eyes. On the other hand, a privacy fence uses a lot of wood. If you do not take care of it, the wood will start to crack, splinter and rot. Once your fence starts to deteriorate, you will be stuck with a massive eyesore that could take a lot of money to repair.
A quality stain will go a long way toward protecting your fence from the elements and keep it looking good at the same time. Before you start on the project you will need to purchase stain applicators, exterior wood stain and wood cleaner. After that, just follow these simple steps:
- Make any repairs that are needed. Find and plug holes, pull or replace nails and check the fences overall structural integrity.
- If the fence is dirty or you see signs of mildew then you will need to wash the fence thoroughly with the wood cleaner. Then allow it plenty of time to dry out. If you are using a stain without a sealer, you probably want to seal your wooden fence first.
- Stains can look different on different types of wood so you will want to test your stain first. Find a little out of the way area of your fence and apply some of the stain. Then decide if you want your whole fence to look like that.
- If you are happy with the color test then you are ready to apply the stain. You can use various types of stain applicators depending on your preference. A sprayer, paint brush, and foam applicator all work equally well as long as you apply the stain with the grain of the wood. You may need to use a few different applicators to get the stain into all of the cracks and crevices of the fence.
- You will need to keep what is called a “wet edge”. That means that you should work in small areas and move quickly so that the edge of one section does not have time to dry before you start on the next. Make sure to spend a little time blending the edges of these sections so that you can’t tell where the borders used to be.