When you have a wooden fence and are looking to improve the look, one thing you might consider is either painting or staining it.
Both have their benefits, but for those that like the look of the grain of their wooden fence, staining the fence is the superior way to go about doing it.
There are ways that you can go about staining your wooden fence such that the look of the fence is considerably improved and the stain job lasts longer
With that being the case, here are five steps to properly stain your wooden fence in Colleyville, TX.
1. Examine The Fence For Issues That Need Correcting
The fence first needs to be first scrutinized for any kind of defect that may be present that would cause a problem with the staining process.
The kinds of problems that you may have are small holes where there had been nails or even areas where you can find imperfections due to pieces of fence that are missing.
If you happen to find these areas, you are going to have to sand appropriate areas and also fix and remove that which needs to be removed.
2. Clean The Fence
A dirty fence is a fence that you're not going to be able to stain -- can you just imagine a layer of dirt or dust that is on top of your wooden fence and then trying to apply a coat of stain to it?
All you would do is stain the dirt instead of staining the fence.
There are a few ways you can go about cleaning your fence, one of which is that you can take a wood cleaner and apply it over the surface of the fence.
You can then clean off the dirt and grime with water and a good use of a brush and what some people might refer to as elbow grease.
Alternatively, if you have access to a power washer you can use one to really get the dirt off of your fence -- you will want to be careful not to be too close to the fence or use too strong of a setting as it is possible to damage the fence.
3. Prepare The Work Area
The next thing you're going to want to do is to prepare your staining work area.
Specifically, what you're going to want to do is to make sure that you have the right amount of stain available to stain the fence and that you also have some protective equipment for the area around your fence prior to staining.
One important thing that you would want to have is some kind of heavy drop cloth or weighted tarp to protect the ground and your home from the staining process.
The reason you will want to consider weighted tarps or a heavy drop cloth is that other materials that cover the ground might shift around as you are walking.
4. Stain The Fence
Now you are ready to stain the fence -- you can apply a coat of stain to your wooden fence.
You will have to allow your stain to dry if you are planning on applying more than one coat of the stain.
It is good to know that the more coats of stain you apply, the darker and deeper the color of the stain that you are applying.
5. Give The Fence Time To Dry
The last thing you'll want to do is to give your fence adequate time to rest, or dry.
It's important that you do this, even if you are planning on adding more coats of stain, because you don't want to inadvertently remove layers of stain as you are attempting to add coats of stain.
The period of drying is going to be at least a full day but it could be up to two days depending on what kind of weather you're having and how humid things are in your area.
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