Having a wooden fence brings with it certain responsibilities, including staining it to keep it viable and visually appealing. The problem is that many people aren’t all that certain how to stain their fence, which puts them in a bind that requires either paying to have it done, or putting forth an amateurish effort.
To avoid this dilemma, a list of easy steps explaining how this process should work is listed below:
Clean the Surface
Any good stain should be applied to a surface that has been thoroughly cleaned, which often means rinsing it with water to get rid of any debris that might have collected on it. Once that’s been completed, wait until the wood is completely dry before applying the stain, something that might be delayed if rain arrives. The moisture content of the wood must be 12% or less, so invest in a moisture meter to be sure you’re where you need to be before applying stain.
Get the Area Ready
Just bringing out some fence stain and applying it to the fence will accomplish your task, but that may leave a mess in its wake. Make sure you protect the area underneath and cover anything that happens to be located nearby, since overspray and splatter are a real possibility.
Even before you place a drop cloth around the area you’re working on, it makes perfect sense to perform some landscaping near the fence itself. That might involve cutting grass, getting rid of weeds, and/or raking leaves.
Applying the Product
You can go to most hardware stores and find fence stain, though it makes more sense to be discerning in that choice. That’s because not all stains are alike, as quality levels vary enough that you’ll notice a clear difference when the first inclement weather arrives.
While you can use a brush to handle the job, you may prefer either a roller or sprayer if you happen to be pressed for time. If you choose to use a sprayer, make sure that you have on both safety glasses and a dust mask. This will help avoid the product spraying back in your eyes or accidentally ingesting it. Windy days should be avoided if you choose to use a sprayer.
There are many products to choose from. Ready Seal checks all of the boxes when it comes to quality, plus it’s Goof Proof, so even someone who has never stained before can handle it like a pro. One of the huge time-saving benefits of Ready Seal is that most other stains will require back-brushing in order to avoid the unsightly look of runs or streaks marring your hard work. Ready Seal leaves no laps, runs or streaks, and does not require back-brushing. In addition, some products can’t be used if the temperature dips to a certain level or if the sun is beating down, a concern that falls by the wayside when you’re using Ready Seal, which can be applied in full sunlight and in any temperature, even below freezing.
Depending on what product you use, but if it’s an oil-based product (like Ready Seal), you’ll need mineral spirits to clean up your brushes, roller frames, and pans. You can also run mineral spirits through your pump up sprayer to clean it out. If you’re using rollers, make sure to use toss out the roller sleeve after you are done.
The Only Real Option
Ready Seal has been formulated as a wood stain and sealer that is GOOF PROOF, so even if you’ve never applied stain before, your outdoor wood project can still look like it was done by a professional!