Renewing a Worn-Out Fence

Make a worn out fence appear bright and shiny again. Here are a few tips. A power washer and a good coat of oil stain is all that’s needed to refinish your fence.

Power Washing

Power washers are powerful. They will blow away everything sticking to your fence. It will remove all kinds of dirt. But because of its extremely high pressure, old wood can suffer bruises. The key is to use the power sprayer the right way.
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Its spray can raise and coarsen the grain on fine surfaces. This helps later in the application of the wood stain.
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Power washers are efficient in getting the job done of cleaning old fences. Once you have the power sprayer, test the pressure first. Don’t be ‘trigger-happy’ with a power sprayer.

Power washers are actually very simple to operate.

Make sure that nothing obstructs the path of the water spray along the fence.

You also need to wear the appropriate clothing.

Spray the power washer evenly across the surface of the fence boards. The boards will brighten as the pressure of the spray passes each section. After the dirt and grime is removed, you will see fresh wood.

Straigthening Up the Gate

Now that the fence is clean, some repair work might need to get done. Waterproof wood glue is ideal for splits or breaks in boards. Bind separated joints with corrosion-free bolts and nuts instead of common wire nails for better fitting together.

Use braces to support a sagging gate.

It might be necessary to brush or spray the bottom of your fence with wood preservative. It is important to prevent your fence from rotting in this area.

A clear exterior wood stain helps bring out the natural appearance of the wood. The pigments in your wood stain can add to the overall beauty of the wood finish.

Let the Fence Dry Completely

The fence must be completely dry before you attempt to apply the sealer. Depending on the weather and how old the fence is, it is best to let it dry completely. Some kinds of wood take on deeper shades of color over time. Sealing is easy, it’s a DIY job anybody can learn to do.

Use a paint roller to apply a good soak to the wood. The wood can absorb as much sealer as you soak it with. Brush the sealer into the wood after the sealer has been applied by the paint roller. Don’t forget the corners. Be careful not to leave lap marks, as they show uneven and unsightly shades on finished jobs.

Hire Professionals

Hire someone else to do the job if you think you are not capable to do it yourself. These companies charge corresponding fees depending on the nature of the repair and maintenance your fence requires.