How to Stain and Paint Cedar Wood Fences?
A cedar wood fence can make a great addition to your home. They are also relatively low-cost and can add a beautiful accent to your property. However, over time cedar wood can turn gray and lose its natural beauty. Painting is a popular option to help preserve your cedar wood fence’s original look.
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How to Paint a Cedar Fence: Steps for Painting a Cedar Fence?
To maintain the beauty of your cedar fence, you will need to paint it at least once per year. It is important to use high-quality fence paint that will not chip, peel or crack. You should also use paint that has been tested to withstand the elements, such as rain and extreme temperatures.
How to Stain a Cedar Fence: Steps for Staining a Cedar Fence?
A stained cedar fence not only looks nicer than bare wood, but it also helps preserve the fence’s integrity and prevents the wood from greying or fading in the sun. This type of stain has a special pigment that absorbs deep into the wood to protect it from UV rays.
The most important thing to remember when selecting a stain is that you should choose one that is oil-based and semitransparent, as these types of stains have better-penetrating properties than water-based or solvent-based stains. They also have a small amount of pigment that will block the sun’s harmful UV rays.
You can find a variety of cedar fence stains at your local hardware store. They will usually have a color chart on the can to help you select the right color for your fence.
Before you start applying the stain, check the fence for any loose nails or screws. If you find any, remove them with a hammer and replace them before you begin the staining process.
Prepare the fence for staining by power washing the fence to get rid of any dirt or debris that may be hiding the wood’s true color. This will help the stain penetrate more deeply into the wood and give it a more even coat.
Once the fence has dried completely, you can begin painting it. You will need a paintbrush, a roller, and a sprayer with a nozzle that is small enough to reach all areas of your fence.
Using an angled brush, apply the stain to all areas of your fence, making sure you cover each plank with the stain. You may need to back-brush some areas to get the stain into the nooks and crannies of your fence. Then, allow the stain to dry for at least 24 hours before moving on to the next area.
After the stain has dried, apply a second coat of stain to the fence. You can do this with the same technique as you applied the first coat.
When applying the second coat, make sure to thoroughly cover all the areas of your fence that you covered in the first coat. If you have any blotchy areas that you can’t get with the brush, try using a sponge to smooth them out before applying the second coat.