Staining a wood fence is an important step to making the most of your new fence and keeping it standing for as long as possible.  What’s more, a nice stain can really make a fence stand out.

There are plenty of ways to stain a fence including a paint brush, roller or paint sprayer.  For larger projects, it may be worth the money to invest in a quality sprayer as it will make the job go much faster.  For smaller projects, a simple roller and paint brush for those hard to reach areas should work just fine.

Choosing a stain is the biggest decision you will have to make when staining your fence.  There are so many variations of stain offered and big box retailers offer generic brand stains at an affordable price.  Remember though, as is the case with so many things in life, you get what you pay for.  So be sure to do PLENTY of research before settling on a stain.  Going with a cheaper brand of stain without doing your research can mean re-staining the fence in just several years. Another thing to consider is the color of the stain and how it will look on your fence.  If possible, try and get a sample of the stain prior to applying it to the whole fence.

Finally, it is time to stain the fence.  It is often a good idea to wait several weeks if the wood is new for the treatments to settle in a and if you live in a wet climate like the Pacific Northwest, allow time for the wood to dry in warmer weather.  Make sure to apply plenty of stain to the fence and paint away!

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