What You Should Know About Fences This Year

Renewing a Worn-Out Fence Make a worn out fence appear bright and shiny again. All it takes are a few simple repairs. All you need is a power washer and oil stain. Learning to Use a Power Washer Power washers deliver high pressure water jets. Nothing can stand the water pressure that a power washer delivers. It will clean off grime. The fence can get deeply scarred and ruined by its powerful water jets. 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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No other way of cleaning an old fence can compare with what a power washer can do. It is important to choose the right tip and test the pressure of the spray before aiming it on wood. It is always good to err on the side of caution. A power sprayer is a fairly easy equipment to use. First clear the surface of the fence of anything that can block the spray, like loose plants. You also need to wear the appropriate clothing. Spray the power washer evenly across the surface of the fence boards. You will see clear changes in the color of the wood as you clean it. 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. If you have broken or split boards, you can repair it with waterproof wood glue. Screws can join loose pieces more tightly than nails can. If your gate has been misaligned, use a turnbuckle support to bring it back to position. Use wood preservative where your fence touches the ground. It is important to prevent your fence from rotting in this area. It is good to preserve the natural color of the wood by using clear or semi-transparent oil stain. Wood stains contain pigments that add a blend of color to the wood’s natural shades. Let the Fence Dry Completely After cleaning, let the fence dry completely. If it’s warm and sunny, a couple of days might be all that’s needed to dry up the wood. Discoloration of wood as it ages is natural. Choose a toned sealer to bring out the natural shades of the wood. A paint roller will do a good job of soaking the wood with sealer. Sealer is absorbed by wood’s pores. 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. Fees vary.