Staining a wooden fence certainly makes it look newer and fresher. It may also help keep insects away. However, applying stain to a fence that has already been installed is not always the easiest feat. There are under-surfaces that are easy to miss, posts that don't stain as nicely as the rails, and outdoor elements like dirt and leaves that like to get stuck in your stain. If you're thinking of staining your fence, here are a few tips to make the process easier.
Test your stain on a small portion of a post and a rail (or panel).
If you know for a fact that your posts and rails are made from the same wood, you can skip this step. However, often posts are made from a stronger lumber than the rails or fence panels, since they have to withstand being immersed in the ground. Sometimes the posts may stain differently than the rails. Apply a little stain to each, and ensure they come out the same shade. If your posts come out lighter than the rails (which is often the case), you'll want to apply 2 – 3 coats of stain to the posts for every coat you apply to the rails. This should even out the color.
Only stain your fence on a still, cloudy day.
You might have to wait a while until there's a day that's perfect for staining. You don't want it to be too sunny, or your stain will dry before it has the chance to properly soak into the wood. You don't want it to be too windy, or you'll have leaves and debris blowing and sticking to the fence. Look ahead at the weather forecast and choose a day that's a bit overcast with low winds. Ensure there won't be rain for at least a day after you stain the fence so the stain does not get washed away.
If you're having trouble finding a day that's neither windy or sunny, consider staining your fence in the evening when the sun is setting. This way, there won't be too many hours of sunlight left to dry your stain.
Stain one surface at a time.
To ensure you don't accidentally skip the bottom side of a rail or one corner of a post, approach staining in an organized fashion. For instance, you could start by painting the front of every rail, then paint the side of every rail, followed by the bottom, etc. This will make you less likely to accidentally skip a surface, since you'll be approaching those surfaces one at a time.
If staining a fence sounds too time consuming, fence installation companies like Nickelston Fence Inc often offer this service.Share
26 August 2015
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