The Best Way to Apply Stain on a Fence

When you find your wood fence ‘s painting color gets blur and dirty, you need to repaint it again. The blur and dirty painting might be caused by rot-inducing moisture,  damaging sun ray, and other destructive elements. By making wood stain your fence will be protected and keep the fence of yours remain lovely for long time. You are advised to select the type of stain for your fence and using the right method when applying it so that it lasts as long as possible and you will be glad with the nice result. Here are some tips that benefit on you

Paint Your Dark Stained Wood

Picking the Right Time

If you build your wood fence, It is better for you to wait for season for three to four weeks before applying paint or stain. Moisture in unseasoned wood can cause warping, and paint adhesion will also suffer.That recommendation comes from Los Angeles-based fence builder Peter Kirsch-Korff, whose fence designs have been featured on HGTV. On his website, Kirsch-Korff explains that this waiting period allows the wood to “settle” into its new environment, noting that it also gives the new wood time to open its pores so your stain sinks in more effectively. Regardless of the age of your fence, the best time to apply stain is in the morning or late afternoon on a cloudy day. Wait for a day when it hasn’t rained for 24 hours and no further rain is in the forecast for the next 24 hours. The hot wood can cause the paint solvent to evaporate quickly, resulting in cracks and other defects.

Choosing the Tools

The tools that is used when  applying a stain to a fence are brushes, rollers or pads. For the best results, pick a staining brush that’s 4 or 5 inches wide. If you opt for a pad, the best type for fence staining is a pad with a fluffy nap, such as the pads that are sometimes labeled for use on decks. Finally, if you’re using a roller, any paint roller will do. The wider the roller, the heavier it will be. Before buying one, hold it in your hand and practice moving it up and down in the air. You want one that’s light enough that it’s not hard for you to hold for an extended period.

Unless you’re painting a small fence section, you’ll save money by buying paint in five-gallon buckets and using a FLEXiO 990. It is quick to set up the sprayer and get it primed for painting. The sprayer pump attaches to the five-gallon bucket, and you can move both at the same time as you progress along the fence line. Adjust the nozzle to give broad coverage while still affording you the ability to focus in corners and crevices. All FLEXiO sprayers come with nozzles you can adjust as needed — an advantage over conventional airless sprayers.

Preparing the Fence

Older wood fences may have mold, mildew, dirt and other debris on them that may affect how well the wood absorbs the wood stain. If so, clean the fence a couple of days before you plan to stain it. Wearing protective gear, such as rubber gloves and protective goggles, mix 1 part household bleach with 3 parts water in a plastic bucket and scrub your fence with this solution. Then, rinse the fence with a garden hose to remove all traces of the solution. After cleaning your fence, lay a sheet of plastic, canvas or cardboard under the fence to protect underlying concrete, grass or plants from stain drips.

Applying the Stain

If the weather is still dry, begin staining your clean fence. Using the pad, brush or roller, dip it into the wood stain then apply it to your fence in an event coat, working your way from one fence board to the next. Focus on painting from the top of the fence to the bottom to prevent uneven dripping. Follow any product-specific guidelines on the label of the wood stain you purchased, as thickness and coat requirements vary by manufacturer. In most cases, solid-color stains are like traditional paint and need just one coat to protect your fence. Semi-transparent penetrating stains often need two coats, with the second coat applied approximately an hour after the first coat.