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Cedar Fence Staining Procedure – A Guide to Getting Started 

If you have a cedar fence, it can add to your home’s curb appeal and increase the value of your property. You can keep it looking great with a few easy steps and the right stain. 

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Cedar Fence Staining Procedure: A Guide to Getting Started

Before you can start staining, you need to prepare the fence. This includes cleaning the wood to remove any dirt or debris. It also means repairing any broken or splintered fence pieces and smoothing the surface. This helps to ensure that your stain will penetrate the wood properly and create a smooth surface for application. 

First, clean the wood with a water-based cleaner or a solution of mild detergent and warm water. You can even use a pressure washer to get the surface nice and clean. 

Once the surface is clear of dirt and grime, it’s time to apply a wood brightener/neutralizer. This will correct the pH level, open up the wood pores for a better coating of stain, and bring out the natural color in the wood. 

This will also help the paint to adhere to the wood more easily. You can buy this at your local hardware store, or you can make your own with a simple solution of baking soda and water. You should use a wood brightener to prep your cedar fence before you stain it to make sure that the paint will stick well and last longer. 

The next step is to decide which type of fence stain you want to use. There are many different types of stains available, and the one that works best for you depends on the condition of your wood. If the fence is new, a transparent or semi-transparent wood stain will be best. If the wood is old, a solid or opaque stain will be more appropriate. 

If you don’t want to have to worry about changing your fence stain every few years, you should go with a transparent or semi-transparent oil-based fence stain. These stains require the least maintenance by far and preserve the beauty of the wood. However, they are not as durable as some other fence stains and will fade over time. In addition, these stains will not protect your wood from UV rays as much as some other fence stains.