If your fence is looking faded and worn, follow this step-by-step tutorial on how to stain your fence!
How to Stain Your Fence
When we moved into our home nearly five years ago, our fence was brand new and in need of staining. Somehow, five years later and not-so-new it was still in need of staining! A lot of people are intimidated, or like us too lazy, to stain their fence because it seems like so much work. However, with the right products and supplies it is surprisingly easy! Who knew? Today I’m sharing a step-by-step tutorial on how to stain your fence using Flood Wood products. These products work on exterior wood, so if you have a deck, siding, patio furniture, dog house, etc. these same steps will apply.
In the picture above, you can see the before and after of our stained fence. What a difference the stain makes to the appearance of our tiny, urban backyard!
Supplies Needed for Staining Fence:
- Flood Wood Finish Remover and/or Flood Cleaner Brightener
- 5 gallon bucket (for diluting Flood Cleaner/Brightener Concentrate if you’re rolling on)
- Tarps to cover any nearby surface you want protected.
- Rubber gloves
- Safety glasses
- A broom (to sweep off debris from your fence before cleaning)
- 2 rollers with a 3/4″ nap (or an airless sprayer if you have one)
- Two synthetic paint brushes
- Stiff nylon scrub brush (to scrub your wood clean)
- Garden hose or pressure washer
- Flood OneCoat Waterproofing Finish
How to Prep the Wood Before Staining
1. Cover any areas you wish to protect with your tarp.
2. Use your broom to sweep the surface clean.
3. Follow the label instructions on the cleaner/brightener label and dilute accordingly.
4. Wet down your fence with your garden hose and then apply a uniform coat of cleaner/brightener with a garden sprayer, roller, or nylon brush, and lightly scrub .
5. Keep surface wet with solution allowing solution to stand for 20-30 minutes.
6. Scrub with a stiff nylon brush.
7. Rinse using highest pressure from a hose or pressure wash.
8. Allow the wood to dry for just a few hours before applying Flood® OneCoat Waterproofing Finish. (With most wood finishes, you have to wait 2-3 days after prep to make sure the wood is completely dry before you apply the finish. Flood OneCoat allows you to start staining just a few hours later while the wood is still damp, enabling you to complete your project in a day!)
How to Apply Finish Stain to Fence
1. Stir your Flood® OneCoat Waterproofing Finish and be sure to stir it periodically to ensure color uniformity.
2. Apply the finish evenly using your roller, brush, or airless sprayer. (If you use a roller or sprayer, backbrush to improve penetration.)
3. Follow all directions on the labels regarding additional coats and dry time.
I wanted to share with you how what our gate looked like after applying the cleaner. Although the wood didn’t appear green when dry, the cleaner brought all the hidden gunk to the surface which I scrubbed off. Ew! You can see how nice it looks after one coat of the waterproofing finish.