Getting high-quality exterior stain protects your wood fence against damage caused by moisture and the sun. A fence that is left unstained for a long time cracks and splits, reducing the lifetime of your fence. If you apply the ideal methods, staining a fence becomes an easy project. Amazingly, you can do staining without using a ladder. Since you want your wood fence to serve you for many years, you need to know how to stain it.
Here are five tips on how you can stain your wood fence stress free.
- Pick the Right Timing to Stain a Wood Fence: If your fence is newly built, give it three weeks before starting the staining process. Pick the right time for the wood to settle on the new environment. Wood gets enough time to open up its pores so that the stain can sink perfectly. Whether your wooden fence is old or new, the best time to carry out staining is during the morning and late in the evening on a cloudy day. In case there is rain, give the wood at least 24 hours to dry before applying.
- Select the Right Stain for your Fence: Some retailers, especially Big-box retailers offer stains at a lower price — and a lesser quality. When factoring in the fence staining cost, you should consider the cost of stain. Getting cheap stain does not guarantee durability. The idea here is to research before buying a stain. Additionally, the color of the stain matters because it needs to compliment your home. Therefore, get a sample of the stain before buying and test it first. If it looks good, go ahead and purchase it.
- Prepare the Fence before Staining: Some old wood fences have debris and mold that may prevent the stain from being absorbed. If your fence is in such a state, clean it and give it some time to dry up. Ensure that you wear protective gloves because you may be mixing different things. Once you are done cleaning the fence, cover it for protection.
- Choose the Right Tools: When staining your fence, you can use a brush and roller. If you opt to use a brush, get one that is 5-inches wide. Any paint roller works as well. A wide roller can be heavy. Therefore, get a roller has a weight that you can efficiently manage throughout the entire process.
- Apply Stain to the Wood Fence: If the weather has been dry for more than 24 hours, the process of staining can commence. Dip your brush or roller into the stain. Ensure that you apply a coat that is even all through the fence, from top to bottom. While some stains that have solid colors require a single coat, others need two or three coats.
An easy way to stain a wood fence
The process of staining your wood fence is simple and straightforward if you do the right thing. Therefore, follow the tips in this article, and you are sure your fence can have a new and appealing look the right way. Call Nortex Fence & Patio Co. for a free quote on any outdoor living project!
Updated September, 2023