Protect a Wooden Fence From Damage By Adding Stain and Varnish to Its Surface

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An untreated wooden fence on your home's property is susceptible to moisture, which could result in a warped and weathered surface. Protect the wood by adding a coat of exterior stain and varnish to it. Once you have finished the project, the fence will enhance your property and will remain damage-free as long as it is cared for on a regular basis.

Materials

  1. sponge mop
  2. nylon stocking
  3. soapy water
  4. water hose
  5. vinyl tarp
  6. painter's tape
  7. wood stain (for exteriors)
  8. mixing stick
  9. paint roller
  10. roller handle and frame
  11. paintbrush
  12. wood varnish (for exteriors)

Remove Cobwebs, Dust, and Stains From the Fence's Surface

Place a nylon stocking over the end of a sponge mop. Use the stocking-covered mop to remove cobwebs and dust from the fence's surface. Remove the stocking from the mop and add soapy water to it. Remove surface stains from the wood by applying firm pressure to its surface with the mop head. Rinse the fence off with a water hose when finished. Wait for the fence to dry.

Apply a Coat of Exterior Stain

Protect the ground next to the fence by covering it with a vinyl tarp. Cover any hardware on the fence with strips of painter's tape. Mix a bucket of stain that is designed for exteriors until it is an even consistency. Apply the stain to the fence with a paint roller. Coat the fence evenly by moving the roller across the wooden surface in straight lines. Use a paintbrush to cover any small pieces of trim or intricate details in the wood. Wait for the stain to dry. It will take several hours in most cases and is dependent upon how dark the color of the product is.

Add a Coat of Exterior Varnish

Once the stain is dry, mix the varnish and apply it with the same tools. Wait several hours for the varnish to dry. Test the fence's surface with your fingertips to determine when this has occurred. Remove the pieces of painter's tape and the vinyl tarp. The fence's surface will be protected from humid and moist conditions.

Care for the fence by removing stains from its surface throughout the year. As long as you use gentle cleaning agents and non-abrasive tools when you are removing stains, the fence's surface will not become damaged. The stain and varnish will last several years. In the future, add a new coat of stain and varnish if it is needed. 

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