How to Stain an Old Fence? Step by Step Guide

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    An ancient wooden fence can benefit a lot from adding an inexpensive stain. Applying stain on your old wooden wall brings out a new fantastic look and, at the same time improving its lifespan. However, stains not only do they improve the design outlook, but also helps protect the wood from rotting.

    For you to have a professional, long-lasting finish, it is better that you use a semitransparent oil-based stain for exterior application. The reason being, oil-based paint helps in slowing down rotting and growth of mildews on the wooden fence; therefore, improving the lifespan of the wall.

    Staining an Old Fence

    Applying stain on the wooden fence is an effortless task for you to undertake. However, with the help of the tutorial below, you learn how to stain an old fence in straightforward steps.

    Tools and Materials For Staining Fence

    • A stain sprayer for wooden fence
    • Rubber gloves cloth
    • Painters tape
    • Garden hose
    • Bleach
    • Brush
    • Power washer
    • Wood sealant clear
    • Oil-based wood stain
    • Paintbrush
    • Sandpaper

    Step by Step Guide on Staining an Old Fence

    Step 1: Come up with the best days to run your project

    Fringy weather conditions can lengthen the drying period of the wood stain. On the contrary, sweltering conditions can also accelerate the drying period; thus, living unwanted patches on the wooden fence. Thanks to technology, you can easily forecast how the weather will be in the coming days.

    Therefore, it is advisable that you come up with a day that the temperature ranges from 50 to 80 degrees. Furthermore, the day should have low humidity and no drizzle within the subsequent 24 hours. 

    Step 2: Inspect the wooden fence

    After coming up with the best day, check up on the wooden fence for things like protruding staples, nails, and screws. Furthermore, inspecting the wood will always help you identify broken wood pieces and rough areas.

    Identifying search things will help you fix the wooden joints, remove-unwanted structures to come up with a smooth surface. 

    Step 4: Prepare the wood 

    After understanding the condition of the wooden surface, you will need to sand or strip the body. For an old fence, you will need to apply the finish stripper on the wooden surface following the manufacturer’s instructions.

    Preparing the fence before staining

    Using a stifle-bristle brush, scrub off the wooden slats loosening off the old varnish paint. 

    Step 5: Smarten the wooden fence

    Using a power washer or a garden hose power attached with a spray nozzle, clean the wooden slats with high-pressure water. This will help eliminate sand stains and dirt particles present on the wooden slats.

    In addition, it will help clean up the remaining varnish left after scrubbing off the wooden fence. However, if you prefer using the power washer, you will have to choose a low power unit to protect the slats from weathering. 

    Step 6: Use diluted bleach to treat the wooden slats

    Allow the slats to dry after cleaning it up with high-pressure water. If there is a presence of mold and mildews on the wooden slats, you will have to treat the wooden slats to enhance their longevity. Dilute the bleach with water to improve its efficiency.

    Dress in the rubber gloves, and using a garden sprayer, apply the diluted bleach to the wooden slats. After that, let the diluted bleach settle on the slat for a few minutes then proceed with rinsing the slats with a power washer. Leave the slats to dry before going on with the next step. 

    Step 7: Cover all nearby plants and parts that don’t need stain

    Using wood filler, patch all the wooden cracks present on the slats. Make sure you replace damaged slats before applying any paint on them. After that, you will have to cover all nearby plants and parts that do not require staining using a painters tape.

     Step 8: Apply stain on the slats

    While applying color on the wooden slats, you can opt to use a roller, brush, or a sprayer depending on what you feel comfortable using.

    The best way to apply stain on wooden slats is through the use of a brush. The brush will help you permeate the fence slats if you are using oil-based paint. After dipping the brush into the can full of stain, apply the color horizontally from left to right.

    Then, apply the coat on the slat vertically from top to bottom, trying to avoid re-painting. Note that you must stain two slats or one slat at a time to prevent the occurrence of lad marks or patches on the slat. 

    If you are using a sprayer, remember to maintain a distance while applying the coat on the fence. To prevent the occurrence of lad marks on the slats, ensure that you coat three ft sections of the wall at a time. ​

    This will also help re-painting and back-brushing untouched areas left by the prior rap. However, you will still use the same procedure to apply the stain using a roller. 

    Step 9: Apply additional stain coats

    Follow manufactures instructions to know the drying period of the stain. If you want an extra color depth, you can now apply the additional stain coats, as you need. However, using stain only will not be enough to offer your wooden fence enough protection from wear and tear. 

    For this reason, you will have to apply a durable sealant that will enhance the longevity of the wall. If you want to have a quality product, you will have to opt to apply a waterproof and clear sealant using roller, brush, or a sprayer. After that, give the sealant time to dry and clean up all the mess caused while staining.

    When applying paints, you must ensure that you use the best quality fence stain for a fine and admirable finish. It is easy to learn how to fence an old stain; thus, you don’t have to require the services of commercial painters to help you with your task. 

    Furthermore, this is the best time to bond with your child if you are always short of time. It is good to note that you should not use one day to stain the fence. Take your time if you want to come up with a good finish. 

    About the Author Todd Davis

    Todd Davis is a DIY enthusiast, traveler and writer for a long time. He has a deep understanding of all types of paint sprayers, chairs, vacuums and door hardware.

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