Preparing and cleaning the surface is one of the most important parts of the staining process. Follow these simple steps to ensure your job looks great and lasts for years to come.
Step 1 - Prep Area
Trim back any grass, weeds, trees, or bushes that are in contact with the fence. This exposes all of the fence’s surfaces, and ensures a clean and complete finish.
Step 2 - Repair and Replace
Repair or replace any damaged portions of the fence, and check for loose nails or screws and reseat them.
Step 3 - Surface Prep
Prepare the surface for painting by removing any splinters or peeling paint. An ideal time saving tool for this task is the Wagner PaintEater.
Step 4 - Pressure Wash
Continue preparing the surface by cleaning it. Use either a pressure washer, to remove dirt and loose debris; a cleaning solution designed for heavier materials such as mildew or mold; or both depending on the condition of your project. An ideal product for removing mildew and mold is tri-sodium phosphate, or TSP, which can be found in the paint aisle of your local hardware store.
Step 5 - Dry
After you have thoroughly prepared and cleaned the surface, allow it to dry for 24-48 hours prior to painting or staining it. This will ensure the maximum readiness of your project’s surface and allow for the best possible material adherence and coverage.
Step 6 - Safety Equipment
Be sure that you protect nearby landscaping from over spray by covering it with a drop cloth; also, protect YOURSELF as well by wearing proper painting clothing and safety equipment, such as eye wear, gloves, and a mask.