Revitalize An Old, Wooden Fence With Fresh Stain And Varnish

29 June 2015
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If your wooden fence has gray and weathered-looking boards, learn how to clean them and add a fresh coat of stain and varnish to their surface. Once you have finished this project, the fence will look newer and add a beautiful border around your property.   

Use The Following Items

  • long-handled scrub brush
  • mild detergent 
  • bucket
  • water hose with adjustable nozzle
  • vinyl tarp
  • exterior semitransparent stain
  • roller
  • roller handle and frame
  • paint tray
  • paintbrush
  • exterior varnish (clear)
  • mixing stick

Clean The Surface

Remove dirt and stains from the fence with mild detergent and a long-handled scrub brush. Press down firmly on the brush to loosen substances that are stuck on the wood's surface. Rinse the fence off well with a hose that has an adjustable nozzle. Set the nozzle to a setting that provides strong water pressure to remove all dirt and soapy residue that is on the fence. Wait for the wood to dry completely.

Apply The Stain

Lay a vinyl tarp next to the fence. Mix some semitransparent stain to remove any air bubbles. This type of stain will allow the natural beauty of the wood to show through and will enhance the color and grain. Apply the stain with a paint roller. Work in small sections, moving the roller down the fence in straight lines. Cover small crevices and fine details in the wood with a standard paintbrush. Wait several hours for the stain to dry. If you would like to deepen the color, add a second coat of stain. 

Add Varnish

Mix the varnish well and pour some into a tray. Apply it to the fence in straight lines. Use the roller and paintbrush to complete this step. The varnish will add shine to the stain and will protect the wood from rotting if it is exposed to moisture. It will also prevent the stain from fading after it is exposed to the sun's rays. Wait for the varnish to dry and add an additional coat if some areas need more coverage. After the second coat has dried, your fence will look as good as it did when it was first installed on your property.

Continue to maintain your fence by spraying it off with a water hose and removing surface stains when they become apparent. The stain and varnish that you applied will last for several years as long as you continue to care for the fence on a regular basis. For further assistance or replacement, contact professionals, such as those from ANA Affordable Deck Co.


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