Sometimes the stain you initially put on your fence may not be your dream look. Maybe you’ve changed your mind when it comes to your fence stain color, or maybe you want to go back to the natural look. Carnahan-White has some tips on how to remove fence stain.
Before you get started on removing stain from your fence, you’ll need to eliminate any debris from the fence, such as soil, cobwebs or ivy. These items will leave patches of stain if they aren’t cleared away before the stain remover is put to use.
If possible, lay down a tarp or sheet to avoid damage to your yard or nearby furniture. Stain remover contains many chemicals and can cause discoloration of the grass or other materials close by.
To remove any fence stain you don’t want anymore, you’ll need a quality wood stripper to do the job. Wood stripper acts similarly to a bleaching agent to remove stain from a fence. Some materials you’ll need include:
- Wood Stripper
- Steel Bristle Brush
- Garden Hose/Power Washer
- Garden Sprayer
- Oxalic acid
Once you’re gloved and masked up, follow the directions on the wood stripper as closely as possible. Make sure you coat each and every board thoroughly so you don’t miss any of the stain. If the product is high-quality, you’ll notice the stain start to dissolve. You probably won’t need to scrub, but if you do, use a steel bristle brush to remove any stain still stuck on.
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When the stain has dissolved, rinse your fence with a pressure washer or a garden hose. Move the hose or washer in the same direction as the boards. Once all the residue is removed, sweep or blow away any moisture from your fence.
Just a few more steps! While you may think you’re done, your fence may look a bit darker than usual. To brighten your fence back to its original color, you’ll need to use oxalic acid. Not only will it brighten the wood, but it’ll prevent any damage caused by the wood stripper. You can purchase it at any home improvement store or hardware store. Follow the directions on the package. You’ll want to keep your mask and gloves on while you prepare it. Once mixed, put the solution in a garden sprayer to evenly spread the solution across every board. You do not need to rinse the oxalic acid off the panels.
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