Every day your wood fence is exposed to damaging sun rays and rot-inducing moisture. A wood stain offers a protective barrier that will not only keep your fence looking beautiful but also increase its life. And whatever type of stain you choose, using the right method of staining is crucial. Today, the experts at Carnahan-White Fence Company will discuss the best way to apply stain so that it lasts as long as possible.
Prepare Before You Begin
Like any job, preparation is essential. Research your stain choice and ensure it’s high-quality for a long-lasting finish. Consider how the stain color will look as the fence weathers. Make any necessary repairs and prepare the work area. Older wooden fences may have mold, mildew, dirt, and other debris. If so, clean the fence a few days before you plan to stain it. Also, check the forecast. It’s best to work on your fence when the temperature is between 40 and 90 degrees and the humidity is low. Do not stain when precipitation is in the immediate forecast.
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Choose The Right Tools
When it’s time to apply stain to your fence, you have the choice between brushes, rollers or pads. For the best results with a brush, pick a staining brush that’s 4 or 5 inches wide. If you opt for a pad, the best type for fence staining is a pad with a fluffy nap, such as pads that are sometimes labeled for use on decks. If a roller is your choice, any paint roller will do. However, the wider the roller, the heavier it will be. Before you purchase one, hold it in your hand and practice moving it up and down in the air. You want one that’s light enough for you to comfortably hold for extended periods.
Applying the Stain
You have cleaned and prepared your fence. The weather is perfect, so it’s time to go to work. Using the pad, brush, or roller, dip it into the wood stain and apply it to your fence in an even coat, working your way from one fence board to the next. Focus on painting from top to bottom to prevent uneven dripping. Follow any product-specific guidelines on the label of the wood stain you’ve purchased, as thickness and coat requirement may vary by manufacturer. In most cases, solid-color stains are like traditional paint and need just one coat to protect your fence. Semi-transparent penetrating stains usually need two coats, with the second coat applied approximately an hour after the first.
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Contact Carnahan-White Fence Company Today
If you are in the market for a wood fence for your home or business, contact the experts at Carnahan-White Fence Company. We have been offering high-quality products and services since 1952. To learn more about Carnahan-White Fence Company’s vast selection of fencing options, contact our team today.