5 Deck and Fence Staining and Sealing Tips

Whether you’re someone who recently built your own deck and fence or yours currently look like they could use a bit of an upgrade, you’ve come to the right place. That’s because this article is going to share with you five things that you can do in order to properly stain and also seal your deck and fence.

If you keep these tips in mind, you can be confident that your deck and fence will be aesthetically appealing and also remain in good condition for many more seasons to come.

Know what kind of wood you have. Before doing anything else, make sure that you are aware of the kind of wood that your deck and fence are made of. The reason why this is so essential to the staining and sealing process is because you want to choose the kind of products that will complement the color of your wood. Although applying a primer first will help to bring out the beauty of any kind of wood, you still need to go with a stain that is most suitable for the kind of wood that you have.

Research the different kinds of stains. Just like it’s important to know the kind of wood that you have, it’s also important to be aware of the different kinds of stains that you have to choose from. When going to the store to purchase some, here are some of the things that a customer sales associate may ask you: is your wood new or existing? Do you want a color stain or one that is clear? What kind of protection do you desire from outdoor weather conditions? If you’re prepared to answer questions like these, the customer sales associate can point you in the right direction.

Stain wood when it’s completely dry. There are two common mistakes that a lot of people make when it comes to staining their deck and/or fence. One is using a stain that has been sedentary to the point that it’s too thick to go on smoothly. An even bigger one is not waiting until the wood is completely dry before beginning the staining process. Remember, wood is very susceptible to moisture and humidity. This means that if you apply stain while the wood is damp, the wetness can actually cause the stain to flake off in a matter of weeks. Definitely wait until it hasn’t rained for several days before you start staining your deck and fence.

Use different buckets. Say that you spoke to someone who works at a store like Yard Dog Fence in order to get some tips on how to care for your wood fence and you mentioned that you were going to stain it. One of the things that they might recommend you do before getting started is to get out 2-4 different buckets and pour a little bit from your several cans of stain into each one. The reason why is this: Even if you purchased the same kind of stain, oftentimes there are small variations with each can. By premixing them, you can be sure that you will end up with even results.

Use a paint brush. Although there are all kinds of ways to stain and seal your deck and fence, the best tool to use is still a paintbrush. That’s because it will help the solution penetrate deeply into the wood. So, rather than a roller or pump sprayer, go with a paintbrush. You’ll be so glad with the end results if you do!

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