A stain on your fence not only looks great, but it also keeps your investment protected and lasting much longer than it would without a stain. Wood that has been stained offers protection from harsh conditions such as bad weather or insects. There are many different ways to stain your fence, and here you will find some helpful tips to help you do so easily.

Prep Your Fence

If you are staining a new fence, you don't need to do much to prepare the fence for a stain except wait a few weeks after your fence has been installed to let the wood get acclimated to its environment. However, if you are staining an older fence, it's a good idea to take some time to get it ready. Depending on what type of grime you have on your fence, you can create a cleaning solution to clean your fence with. Be careful not to damage nearby grass or plants from any spills from your cleaning solution.

Select Your Staining Equipment

There are many different ways to apply stain to your fence. You can choose a brush, roller, or pads. Rollers and pads will assist you in staining your fence quicker, but you can generally get a nicer, more detailed finish with a brush as it offers you more control. Usually you can compromise using a brush with either a pad or roller. Cover most of the fence with the pad or roller and use the brush for hard to reach areas or detailing.

When choosing a stain, pay attention to whether or not it's a solid color or transparent. Solid color stains usually mean only one coat while transparent stains mean multiple coats. You may prefer the way a transparent stain looks as it allows more of the wood grain to show through, but keep in mind it will mean more work. It's always a good idea to take your favorite stain samples and test them out on a small portion of your fence to make sure you like it first.

Staining Your Fence

When it's finally time to stain your fence, keep in mind it's best to stain from top to bottom. That way you can make sure there are not paint drips and that the stain is applied as evenly as possible. Try to keep spare rags near you for any accidents. It's also a good idea to wear gloves as staining is messy, and gloves will protect you from any chemicals that might be in the stain.

Staining your fence is a good idea to keep your fence in good condition as well as make your fence look good. By following the above tips, you can be sure that the stain on your fence is done correctly so it can keep your fence in great shape for years to come.

Contact a company like Buyrningwood Farm Inc for more help.