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How do you prepare a fence for staining?


A: It's a lot simpler to stain a fence than you might expect. You can quickly and easily learn how to stain a wood fence if you follow the steps below, and then enjoy the advantages it brings to your house. Not only will the fence look pretty after the project is done, but you are likely to enjoy spending time outdoors working on it by following these stress-free fence staining tips.



Closely Examine the Wood
In the fence staining project, this first step is very simple. Examining the wood closely means searching for items such as broken pieces of fencing, pins, nails, or staples. In order to end up with a smooth surface where you can add the wood stain, these items have to be removed or repaired. Your project can be severely slowed down while you are working on an old wooden fence if you have to remove nails along the way. Sand down areas that might look too rough or that you think may cause application problems. Take the time to thoroughly examine the wood right at the beginning of the project and deal with any broken parts right away. It is possible that this will only take a few minutes.


Clean the Wood

It is really easy to clean up the wood on your fence. Prior to staining, use a wood cleaner on your fence. Applying the wood cleaner in an even and uniform way is necessary. In addition, make sure that when using the wood cleaner, you follow all safety measures to protect yourself. Using a soft bristle brush or mop to wipe away all the dirt and grime following the application of the cleaning agent.


Before going on to the next step, you will need to allow the wood fence to dry.



Staining the Wood Fence

Eventually! You can get to the most important part, learning how to stain a fence, now that the wood is ready and dry. It's a really easy operation. You can use a brush, roller, or a hand-pumped fence stain sprayer to apply the stain. Be sure to add an even coat of wood stain to the fence, no matter the process you use. Cover the surface as a whole. Using a brush or roller quickly to smooth these areas out if you see areas that are blotchy or where the stain puddles.

How do you prepare a fence for staining?



Allow the Stained Wood Fence to Rest

An important step in staining a fence is to allow the stain to rest. The rest period should typically last for at least 24 hours, however, depending on the humidity and weather in your area, it can extend to 48 hours.




Maintain Your Stained Fence

The time to enjoy your beautifully stained fence has come now. You're able to sit back and relax. You would want to preserve the look of your newly-stained fence, however.

You will need to clean the fence at least once a year and provide any maintenance that is necessary. 

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