I own a landscape supply company and have done fairly well over the years. Until recently, security was never an issue, but then, I had two thefts occur. Someone had stolen mulch and gravel from my supplies. I knew that it was time for me to get serious about increasing security to prevent it from happening a third time. I talked with a fencing contractor about what type of fencing would help improve security without taking away from the pleasant appearance of the grounds. My blog will tell you how we accomplished the increased security using a beautiful new fence.
Over time, the finish on a wooden fence can fade and discolor due to weather exposure and dirt build up. When this happens, you can simply refinish the fence to make it look good as new without having to actually replace the fence. Thankfully, refinishing a fence is a fairly simple process that can be done in just a few hours with the right tools and know-how.
Before You Begin
You'll need masking tape, stain, a staining brush, a pressure washer, and sandpaper. If you have plants near your fence, you may want to buy coverings for them as well. Additionally, if the fence that you are refinishing is quite large, renting or purchasing an electric sander might be a good idea. You can find all of these items at most hardware stores. You'll also want to check the entirety of your fence for any minor damage that should be repaired before you start working.
Choosing a Stain
There are two main types of stains available for wood: oil-based stains and water-based stains. Water-based stains dry quicker and provide more vibrant coloring, while oil-based stains dry into a more durable surface and sink deeper into the wood, which makes them last much longer. The best stain for your fence depends on what type of wood your fence is made out of. Consult with a hardware specialist to determine the best choice for your needs.
Refinishing the Fence
Use the pressure washer to clean the fence, spraying off any built-up moss and dirt on the fence itself.
Let the fence air dry. While it's drying, cover up any plants along the fence, and use the masking tape to cover any metal parts on the fence, like latches or hinges.
Once the fence is almost completely dry, use the sandpaper to begin sanding along the fence, sanding the entirety of each panel. This removes any of the old remaining sand and makes it easier for the wood to accept the new stain.
Stain one panel at a time, using long, broad strokes up and down to prevent streaking and to ensure that the stain is uniformly applied.
Once you have stained the entirety of the fence, wait for the stain to dry completely, and then apply a second coat. Once the second coat is applied and dried, your fence has been successfully refinished and will remain looking vibrant and clean for a long time to come. For more tips, contact a company like Maximum Fence.