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Ready Seal Fence Stain

When it comes to fence stains and fence sealers, no two are created equal. This page will show you how staining a fence with Ready Seal Fence Stain is a better option than fence paints, acrylic fence stains or any of the other, numerous fence stains and sealers available today.

 

Ready Seal Fence Stain

 

Choosing a Fence Stain

So you've spent a few thousand dollars building a nice, new cedar fence. Now what? If left unfinished, that beautiful, new fence will begin to quickly deteriorate and turn gray. If neglected for a few years, the wood may begin to rot and become very unsightly. The best option is to apply a stain to the wood, which will offer protection against harmful UV rays. To protect the wood against moisture, which can lead to algae, mold and mildew growth, the wood must also be sealed with a waterproofing agent. 

The best option is to use a product that incorporates both of these attributes in one application. 

 

Ready Seal Fence Stains

Ready Seal Fence Stain and Sealer for Wood is a penetrating, semi-transparent stain and sealer in one. It seals out moisture and has a heavy concentration of finely ground pigments that provide maximum UV protection, yet allows the natural characteristics of the wood to show through. We designed Ready Seal Fence Stain to circumvent the problems associated with all the various formulations of the different coating types listed below:

Goof Proof: NO LAPS, RUNS OR STREAKS. NO LAPS, RUNS OR STREAKS.
Durable: No Cracking, Chipping, Flaking or Peeling. No Cracking, Chipping, Flaking or Peeling.
Pigment Protection: Enhances Natural Look and Protects Against UV Rays. Enhances Natural Look and Protects Against UV Rays.
Easy Upkeep: Clean, Dry and Reapply. No Sanding. No Stripping. Clean, Dry and Reapply. No Sanding. No Stripping.


Problems with Fence Paint or Solid Color Fence Stains

Fence paint, while offering exceptional protection against UV rays, has many issues that make it a less-than-desirable choice for staining a fence:

  • Fence paint and solid color fence sealers, often called opaque stains, hide all of the natural characteristics of the wood. Grain and knots are not visible after application.
  • Many fence paints require applying a primer coat prior to applying the top coat.
  • Application of fence paint or solid color fence stain requires careful attention to avoid lap marks, runs and streaks; and when spraying, backbrushing is necessary for an even finish.
  • Fence paints and solid color fence sealers sit on the surface of the wood, forming a rigid film that cannot flex with the wood. Over time, small cracks form and allow moisture to penetrate through the coating and into the wood. This leads to coating failure, cracking and chipping of paint as well as rot, mold and mildew issues. 
  • Although fence paint may last 5 to 7 years, maintenance can be very time consuming and costly, usually requiring a total stripping or sanding of the fence down to the bare wood prior to reapplication.

 

Problems with Clear Fence Sealers

Clear fence sealers are not fence stains. They do not contain pigments and do not change the color of the wood. Clear fence sealers do a great job of sealing out moisture. However, they contain no pigment and allow harmful UV rays to pass through the clear coating and degrade the surface of the wood. These types of fence sealers include varnishes, lacquers, sealers and various, other products that are not pigmented. Even clear sealers that claim to contain clear UV inhibitors provide little to no protection.

 

  • Many clear fence sealers may be film-forming finishes, which are prone to the same cracking, chipping, flaking and peeling as deck paint. 
  •  Penetrating clear fence sealers are not subject to cracking and peeling but still offer minimal UV protection.
  • Application of clear fence sealers typically require backbrushing and attention to detail during application, even when being sprayed.
  • Because a clear fence sealant contains no UV protection, the coating will typically last 6 to 24 months before a cleaning and reapplication is required.
  • Fence cleaning or reapplication of clear products may be very time consuming, sometimes requiring a total stripping or sanding of the fence down to the bare wood prior to reapplication.

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Problems with Transparent Fence Stains and Sealers

Transparent coating products are fence stains and sealers that contain a very small amount of pigmentation but still allow the natural characteristics of the wood, such as grain and knots, to be seen. This addition of pigment adds color to the wood and provides more UV protection than clear sealers. Although they contain pigments, these coatings only offer a minimal amount of protection from harmful UV rays. Transparent fence stains and sealers may be either form-filming or penetrating formulations.

  • Some transparent fence stains may not include a sealer to block moisture and may need to have a clear, fence sealant applied on top of the stain.
  • Many transparent fence stains and fence sealants may be film-forming finishes, which are prone to the same cracking, chipping, flaking and peeling as deck paint.
  • Penetrating transparent fence stains and fence sealers are not subject to cracking and peeling and are a better option than acrylic or latex type film-forming varieties.
  • Application of transparent fence stains and fence sealers typically require backbrushing and attention to detail during application, even when spraying, to avoid laps, runs and streaks.
  • Transparent fence coatings will typically last 6 to 36 months before a cleaning and reapplication is required.
  • Maintenance of transparent fence stain products may be very time consuming, sometimes requiring a total stripping or sanding of the fence down to the bare wood prior to reapplication.

 

Problems with Semi-transparent Fence Stains and Fence Sealers

Semi-transparent fence stains and fence sealers are heavily pigmented to provide exceptional UV protection. The amount of pigment does not hide the natural characteristics of the wood. Semi-transparent coatings may come in a pentrating formula or a film-forming type formulation that sits on the surface of the wood. Many of the issues concerning transparent fence stains are shared by semi-transparent coatings.

  • Some semi-transparent fence stains may not include a sealer to block moisture and may need to have a clear fence sealant applied on top of the stain.
  • Many semi-transparent fence stains and fence sealants may be film-forming finishes, which are prone to the same cracking, chipping, flaking and peeling as fence paint.
  • Application of semi-transparent fence stains and fence sealers varies with the formulation, but they typically require backbrushing and attention to detail during application, even when spraying, to avoid laps, runs and streaks.
  • Semi-transparent fence coatings will typically last 1 to 7 years before a cleaning and reapplication is required.
  • Maintenance of semi-transparent fence stain products varies with the formulation but generally will be very time consuming. Sometimes it will require a total stripping or sanding of the fence down to the bare wood prior to reapplication.

 

 

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