There are some simple things to keep in mind when you learn how to apply fence stain to your new or old fence surrounding your home. Remember that fence stain will not only make your fence look brand new but it will help to protect your fence.
Even if you have an old fence that you have had for years, it is never too late to apply fence stain to give your fence a face lift and protection. The use of fence stain can literally add several years of wear and tear to the life of your yard’s fence.
Now that you understand the importance of fence stain, let’s talk about how to apply fence stain. The first step in the process is to lightly sand your fence before you apply fence stain. Sanding will remove any dirt and grime that is on the fence while also protecting you later from splinters and other snags. Also, sanding enables the wood pores to open back up and better accept the new fence stain that you will apply.
While you are sanding the fence, check for any areas that need repairs and make them as you sand. Remove old nails, pegs and other items that might be on the fence. If you fence is wood posts and wiring, make certain that all the wiring is properly attached while sanding the posts. The other option is to remove the wiring and the staples or nails until after you have applied the fence stain.
Use a clean, dry rag or vacuum to dust the fence from the sanding. You do not want a film of dust on the fence during this project. The dust will keep the stain from setting into the wood properly. From the hardware, paint or home improvement store purchase pain brushes, paint brush cleaner, outdoor primer and outdoor stain.
In addition, you need a face mask to protect you from the fumes and a pair of sturdy gloves to cover your hands during the project. Once you have all the items, return home and apply primer to the entire fence. Allow the primer to dry for a minimum of 48 hours prior to staining. Primer sets the wood to be able to accept the fence stain and will make the staining last much longer.
The next step in how to apply fence stain is actual staining process. Once the primer has set, you need to apply one coat of fence stain to the wood areas of the fence. Try to apply the fence stain coat as evenly as possible. Allow the stain to set on the fence for a minimum of two hours.
The fence stain will actually soak into the wood. You will notice the natural colors and shading of the wood come to life after you have applied fence stain.
Apply a second coat of fence stain in the same method as the initial coat. Allow this to set a minimum of six hours. After the second coat of fence stain has set, examine the fence. If you want the fence a deeper stain repeat the process allowing a minimum of six hours between coats until you have the desired richness of your fence.