Reconditioning a Fence or Deck
Easy Steps for Reconditioning Your Fence or Deck
Follow these simple steps to protect your fence and deck from harsh weather, ice, rain and even sunlight.
Trim back grass, weeds, trees or brushes touching the fence and deck. This exposes all of the material and ensures a clean finish.
Repair or replace rotted or damaged wood. Also, check to see if any nails or screws need to be driven back into the fence and deck. Remove any splinters or peeling paint.
Thoroughly clean the wood surface with detergent and water. You can use a pressure washer or a brush and a hose. If mold and mildew are present, remove them with a bleach and water solution.
Let your fence dry for 24 to 48 hours prior to painting. This allows time for the wood to dry and the surface to be in the best condition for the paint to adhere.
Cover plants, flowers, grass and bushes with a drop cloth. Be sure to wear appropriate paint attire.
Start staining at the top of the fence and work your way down. If you’re using a sprayer, always have your hand in motion before pulling the trigger and release it at the end of each row. Keep the sprayer about 10 to 12 inches away from the surface. Check for drips and even coverage.
Clean up the sprayer and put away any unused stain or sealer. Remove drip cloths on bushes once stain is dry enough so that dripping is not a worry. Stain is completely dry once it feels dry to the touch. If it feels sticky it still needs more time.
Remember to keep safety in mind during any home project and always wear protective eyeglasses and a mask when spraying paint.