How to stain an old fence?

How to stain an old fence

A fence is something that brings some life to a home yard. However when they seem desperate and need some reinforcements one must give them a fresh look, a new face with a radiant and durable stained fence.

For those who may be worried about whether the wooden fence can be painted and stained to look more formidable, this article is meant to dispel your fears and instill some confidence in you that any fence can be stained to improve its look and increase its life span. Some little efforts of staining those old and worn out fences can completely change the outdoor layout of the yard.

Semitransparent types of oils stain have proved to be best in improving and renovating the outside look of the any old fence. This type of stain intuitively accentuates the old color of the wood with a mild tint that protects the wood from rotting and against some rays that could lead to fading.

For one to successfully paint and stain his or her old fence, should assemble the necessary equipment and materials that will aid in staining the whole fence.

Key considerations before starting to paint.

  • Seek help from third parties Parties—working with a friend or neighbor will make the process faster and more manageable. When you are more than two the whole exercise is tipped to be successful
  • Reevaluate on the type of paint or stain to choose—the type of stain to be used should be of high quality without any shred of doubt render a long-lasting finish.
  • Allocate and set aside the budget your job and understand your needs for tools and materials-You must prepare and organize for your budget needs properly to avoid straining and overstretching during the staining process.
  • Make necessary repairs and prepare the work area for painting and staining. In case of slats that ore out of order it is advisable for one to make prior preparations before the actual staining.
  • Understand and estimate the exact time to complete the work that you are about to undertake considering the drying period also. This will give time for the stained slats to dry fully and achieve the desired color.
  • The seal should be applied after the staining has been done to clear the imperfections. Besides, you must keep the moisture away as this may affect the quality of the stain. The slats should be kept some way up the ground to avoid staining some parts that are not in the plan like grass.
  • Gloves must be used together with the face masks during the whole process of staining. This will protect them against some adverse effects of the stains. The health of an individual is key and should be considered.
The supplies that are required
  • gel stain
  • Sandpaper
  • Drop cloth
  • Latex or nitrile gloves
  • Rags
  • Screwdriver
  • Foam brush
  • Polyurethane

Steps for the staining of a fence.

 STEP 1: Proper choosing of the day

One needs to select the best day with the temperature s between 55 and 75 degrees Celsius, average humidity with no precipitation as this could make the period of the fence drying to be prolonged. It therefore remains prudent for one wishing to stain his or her fence to wait until the weather is favorable. Moisture conditions can elongate the period of drying and lead to some formation of spots on the fence that will be repulsive.

STEP 2: Identify some woods for painting. 

Some conditions of the fences can be deplorable this forces one to choose the type of woods that require staining. Some other preparations may be required to be done such as striping some worn-out woods or applying some sand on the ground surface.

STEP 3: Thoroughly clean the fence and let it dry.

Using the right brush clean the fence surface to be stained using a power washer that works under pressure. This is necessary as it removes some dirt that could be accumulating on the fence. After you are sure that every surface is clean and that no dirty spots that can be seen then let the wooden surface dry completely. This would necessitate easy and smooth staining of the fence to bring out the required look and face.No staining should proceed without the fence surfaces get fully dried.

STEP 4: Apply some bleach on the spots.

Upon noticing some spots on the fence immediately after washing, then you what are supposed to do is to use a diluted solution of bleach in applying on those spots. While wearing rubber gloves use that bleach solution and rub it on the sluts and allow it to settle for some time before you thoroughly rinse using a high-pressure powered washer. After you are done allow the wooden surface to dry before proceeding.

STEP 5: Apply some wood fillers to level the sluts.

Repair some cracks that may be appearing on the wooden surface but if they appear worse than opt for replacing them with new slats that can be strong in reinforcing the fence.

STEP 6: Lay a piece of cloth underneath the fence you are painting.

To avoid some oil stains from reaching or dripping anywhere use a piece of cloth to cover the surface under like grass. This will protect them from being contaminated or affected by the stain that you may be using. Besides this cloth, one may opt to use the painters' tape to cover other parts of the fence that you are not planning to stain.

STEP 7: Apply the stain to the slats of the fence.

Assemble the tools for staining the fence such as brush, roller, and sprayer. Use a natural-bristle brush which is the most preferred to encourage the oil-based wood stain to allow wooden fence slats. After dipping the brush into the bucket containing the stain proceed to coat the horizontal sluts from left to the right. After you are through with the horizontal sluts then begin coating the fence from top to bottom until the whole fence slut is completely stained.

Remember the staining brush should be kept wet always for the staining to be successful. If you are using a roller then go for the medium nap roller cover before saturating the stain fully. Only two to three parts of the fence can be stained using a single brush. Repeatedly restrain the whole surface of the fence to make sure that the stain enters hard some grooves that are hard to be reached.

 However, the procedure is the same when using the sprayer but minding the distance from the color from the fence.

STEP 8: Let the stain dry, then apply additional coats as desired.

After all, staining has been done allow the fence to dry fully as per the instructions of the manufacturers. If at all the desired stain color has not been achieved then continue staining for more coats until the right color is achieved. The essence of staining is to give the fence a good and radiant look, then make sure that staining has achieved that.

STEP 9: Apply coat sealers to crown the staining.

Staining helps in reinforcing and refurbishing the faded, tired, and worn out fences and protecting them from wear and tear. Applying a long-lasting sealant will help in prolonging the life of any fence. Quality stains can be achieved by applying a single coat of stain that is clear, weather-resistant, and durable.

Step 10: Apply Polyurethane

After you have reached your desired look, apply a coat of water-based polyurethane to protect the finished surface. This helps in acting as a waterproof on the verge of protecting the stained surface from getting damaged. This also protects the wooden surface from getting worn out. One can now be sure of a long-lasting fence.

STEP 11: Clean up!

Dispose the underneath cloths, painters tape from the sluts of the fence that was being painted. This will enable one to see or have a look at the new outdoor layout of the fence. After you are pleased with the final results and achieved the desired color, look and face of the fence then tap you back for that milestone achievement. While semitransparent stain oil is widely known for its long-lasting nature, bad weather such as high levels of moisture can prematurely age the finish.

Step 12: If you share a fence, be mindful of where you paint. 

This is important especially when you share the fence and you may not mutually agree to paint. So you should be careful during the s of fence sluts such that the oil cannot penetrate and leak to the other side of the fence. This can be so emotive especially when you sharing the fence with someone you don’t see eye to eye. On such a condition, one must be keen during the painting.


Staining and painting a fence is a good job that one can do at home when protecting the yard. This staining gives the fence a new face yet long-lasting. After the whole exercise, the desired outlook of the face is wow and worth the effort.

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