How To Stain a Fence
Looking to improve the look of your home? Follow these tips to properly stain your fence!
Step 1: Choose the Right Strain
There are a variety of different stains on the market, and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. You will need to decide what type of finish you want for your fence, as well as how much maintenance you are willing to do. If you want a low-maintenance option, you should choose a semi-transparent or solid stain. These types of stains will provide good coverage and protection against the elements, but they will require more frequent applications. If you are willing to do more maintenance, you can choose a clear stain. Clear stains will provide less coverage and protection, but they will be easier to apply and will last longer between applications.
Step 2: Prepare the Surface
Before you apply any stain to your fence, you need to make sure that the surface is clean and free of debris. Use a power washer to remove any dirt, grime, or mildew that has built up on the fence. If there is any peeling paint or loose wood fibers, sand them down so that the new stain will have a smooth surface to adhere to.
Step 3: Apply the Stain Evenly
Once you have chosen your stain and prepared the surface, it is time to apply the stain. Be sure to follow the instructions on the can carefully. When applying the stain, work in small sections and use a brush or roller to evenly distribute the stain across the fence. Be sure to wipe up any drips or spills immediately so that they do not have a chance to dry and become difficult to remove later.
Step 4: Let the Stain Dry Completely
After you have finished applying the stain, let it dry completely before allowing anyone or anything near it. Depending on the type of stain you used and the weather conditions, this could take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Once the fence is completely dry, you can enjoy its new look!