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How Long to Wait Before Staining New Cedar Fence?

If you are planning to stain a new cedar fence, you must first wait for the wood to dry fully. Depending on the type of fence, this will take anywhere from four to eight weeks. If your fence is pressure-treated, it may take longer to dry. But, if it is not, you can apply a stain to it in about an hour. 

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You can use a brush or a sprayer to apply a fence stain. You should test the product out on a small area of the fence to be sure it is the right color and type. If you do not want to paint all of your fence, you can always seal it. It will help shield it from cracking and warping. It also can provide UV protection for your fence. This will help keep the wood from graying too quickly. 

There are two types of stains you can use for a fence: oil-based or water-based. Both are available in a variety of colors. But, the best choice for a fence is an oil-based one. This will allow the natural wood grain to show through, and will be more durable than a water-based option. 

To protect your new fence from the sun’s damaging rays, you should consider applying a fence sealant. You can find fence sealants in a variety of materials, from shellac to polyurethane. You should read the label to find out the manufacturer’s recommendations for the use of the product. Some will recommend a coat of stain and then a coat of sealant. You should also be sure to back-brush the fence to ensure that the stain is uniform. 

You should also wait for at least four hours after a rainstorm before you apply the fence stain. If you are unsure if the stain will be able to hold up in the rain, you can test it by placing a drop of water on a fence post. If it beads, then it is too wet and you will not be able to achieve the desired color. But, if you see no streaks, then your stain will work well. 

If your fence has already been painted, then it should still be allowed to dry for a few days. The time you need to wait will vary based on the type of stain you choose and the weather conditions. If the stain will be able to withstand rain, you can start applying it immediately. However, if it will not be able to withstand the rain, you should wait for an hour before you start. 

When it comes to staining a cedar fence, you should use a water-based or oil-based option. You can also opt for a transparent or semi-transparent stain. If you are going to use a transparent stain, you will want to apply it to a thicker coat. A semi-transparent stain will let the fine details of the wood show through, but it will not offer water-protection. Ultimately, the best choice for a fence is cedarwood.