How to stain a fence 2 March 2022

The correct method will depend on the type of fence and fence stain product you have, but the key is preparation if you want to achieve an even finish and for the stain to last a long time. The amount of preparation your fence needs will depend on the age of the fence and on the different fence ideas and looks you want to create. Generally, you will need the following steps.

1. Give the fence a good clean
If your fence is brand new, you only need to wash it with water.
However, if your fence is old and/or dirty, you may need to perform a more heavy-duty clean.

2. Give it a good rinse
Make sure to protect yourself by wearing some goggles and gloves. Using a pressure washer for this step will make the job easier, although you can use a hose and a stiff brush if you prefer.

3. Ensure the fence dries fully
Wait about 50 hours before staining. The fence must be completely bone dry before you apply the stain. If rain is on the weather forecast, you will need to wait longer to make sure your fence isn't damp at all.

4. Choosing the right day is key!
Make sure that the weather has been warm and dry for a few days both before and after you stain it. As for the time of day, early morning or late afternoon on a cloudy day is the best day to go for.

5. Choose the right brush or pad
For optimum results select a medium-sized brush, four or five inches long. If you would prefer to use a pad make sure the pad has a fluffy nap. Finally, if you go for a roller any roller will do just make sure you'll be able to hold it for a great deal of time.

6. Get that technique right!
To avoid uneven drips, paint the fence from the top to the bottom. Try using small, quick brush strokes rather than big ones to achieve a more even nice coverage.

7. Repeat if you need to
Depending on the type of lumber your fence is made from and how long the fence has been installed, your fence may require more than one coat of stain. Because of the nature of the wood grain, some boards will accept the stain better than others. You will need 6-8 hours between each coat.

8. Ensure you respect the needs of the different types of wood
You should also bear in mind that different types of wood have different requirements for staining. Generally, fences built from cedar lumber can be stained right after construction. Fences built using pressure-treated lumber should let the lumber dry out for a season before applying stain. Staining treated lumber that is considered “wet” will result in uneven splotchy coverage.

So, for all your timber and wood staining products look no further than the team at Johnsons Timber Supplies. Call us on 0121 706 0404 or email

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