Make an Old Fence Look Good Again Clean an old, damaged fence and make it look new. All it takes are a few simple repairs. A power washer and a good coat of oil stain is all that’s needed to refinish your fence. Power Washing Power washers deliver high pressure water jets. They will blow away everything sticking to your fence. It can blast sticky materials out of the wood. 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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When working on smooth wood surface, you will observe that the power washer’s spray will bring up the wood’s grain. 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. A wide angle tip is recommended for cleaning old fences. It is always good to err on the side of caution. You can quickly learn how to use a power washer even if it’s your first time to use one. Tie all loose plants or vegetation growing alongside the fence. 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 Fix damaged planks and hammer protruding nails back in place. Broken or split planks can be repaired using 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. Wood preservatives lengthen the life of your fence by protecting it from rotting. It is important to prevent your fence from rotting in this area. The natural blend of the wood’s color can be enhanced by using semi-transparent oil stain. Wood stains contain pigments that add a blend of color to the wood’s natural shades. Painting Tip: Roll and Brush 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. You might observe that the color of the wood is darker than normal. Sealing is easy, it’s a DIY job anybody can learn to do. Use a paint roller to apply a good soak to the wood. The wood can absorb as much sealer as you soak it with. A paint brush is a good way to finish off applying the sealer after the paint roller. Don’t forget the corners. Avoid lap marks. Need Help? If you are not up to cleaning and staining a fence yourself, you can contact service providers to do the work for you. Fees vary.