You are interested in taking your beautiful wood fence to the next level, but you’ve heard that staining can be draining, paining, and full of complaining. Luckily, we have decades of experience in installing and staining wood fences! Here are some of our favorite tips to help ensure your fence staining experience is seamless and headache-free.
Pick the Right Time
Is your fence brand new? Wait at least three weeks to begin the staining process. That brief waiting period allows your wood fence to acclimate to the new environment and open its pores. Waiting ensures that the stain will apply evenly and beautifully.
If you have a new fence or an old fence it’s important to choose the right day for staining. Apply the stain in the morning or late afternoon on a cloudy but not raining day. Choose a time where the fence has been dry for over 24 hours and there isn’t any precipitation in the forecast for the next 24-48 hours.
Pick the Right Tools
The highest quality stain will not look very good if applied with the lowest quality tools, so make sure that you pick the right tools for the job. Choose high-quality brushes, rollers, or pads that suit your needs. If you want to use a brush, choose one made for staining that is at least 4-5 inches wide. If you want to use a pad, use one with a fluffy nap to ensure good coverage. If you are using a roller, just about any good quality paint roller will work.
Pick the Right Preparation
If you are staining an older fence, make sure that you remove any mold, mildew, or dirt left behind on the surface. All of those things will prevent the wood from properly absorbing the stain. Clean the fence at least a couple days before you start staining. Wear the right protective gear and scrub your fence with a solution made from 1 part bleach and 3 parts water.
Choose Hercules Fence Northern Virginia for All of Your Wood Fencing Needs
Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has countless fencing options for your home and commercial property. Whether you’re excited for a beautiful vinyl chain link fence or already planning out your custom wood commercial fence, we are ready to help you frame and secure your property. Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. Contact us to see how a beautiful wood fence can protect your property by giving us a call at 703-551-2609 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.