We are finally on the last part of our fence project and that part is staining. YAY!! Did you know that staining/sealing a fence can extend its life? There are many ways to seal exterior wood so that water does not penetrate into the wood; aka: waterproofing. You could go with a clear option but if you do, this will still allow the wood to gray natural. So if you don’t want a gray fence in a couple of years, you will want a stain. After hours of research, another thing I found out is that you will want a stain that is oil-based. Why? Well the oil-based will penetrate into the wood (not sitting on the surface like water based) making it last longer and work better.
OK now that we got that out-of-the-way, let’s get back to how to stain a fence. But this will work for a deck also. Here are the supplies and tools we used. Some links in this post are affiliate link for your convenience, click here to read our full affiliate policy.
Before I share exactly how I stained the fence, which was easy just took awhile, I wanted to share the prep that comes before.
Our fence was brand new so it is recommended to let it sit for at least a couple of weeks before applying the stain. Now if you want to stain an older fence you will need to clean that bad boy with a pressure washer.
Another thing to thing about is that your wood needs to not have water on it for 3 days before applying the stain. And it cannot rain for at least 3 days after (this all depends on your temp and humidity). Basically your wood needs to be clean and dry to apply the stain.
Last prep item is covering anything that you don’t want stain on (cement, plants, grass, buildings, etc…). We did this by hanging an old sheet from the back of the fence, used binder clips to hold it in place. Then we used cardboard or more old sheets to cover anything on the ground.
STAINING A FENCE (AKA: Fence or Deck):
The hardest part of this project was waiting for dry weather so we could apply the stain. But once we had a week plus of no rain, I got to work. First I took a paint brush and stained all the wood that was right next to our house and garage. I also decided to hand stain the pergola this way I was not spraying right above me.
Once I had everything cut in (let’s say), I got out my sprayer. This little guy is the paint sprayer I used to paint my kitchen cabinets. I purchased it for about $45 on Amazon. Now with this type of stain you can also use a garden sprayer. SIDE NOTE: This stain is very forgiving, making it very easy to apply.
TIP: Make SURE you wear a painting mask and clothes that can get oily!!
To apply the stain, I first stained the top of the fence (rail and pickets). Then I stained the gaps between the pickets. I made sure to stain both sides. After I stained the whole picket.
But how about I show you in a video the whole process? This is my very first video so please don’t laugh.
And that’s how I stained our fence. Anyone else need to stain a deck or fence?
Find the other tutorials on Rebuilding A Cedar Fence:
Re-bracing Fence – PART 1
Installing Cedar Pickets – PART 2
Installing Post for Gate – PART 3
Building A Gate Pergola – PART 4
Building A Gate – PART 5
Staining a Fence – PART 6 (THIS POST)
Total Cost to Rebuild Fence – PART 7
*Affiliate links may be contained in this post. If you click on an affiliate link and buy something, we may receive a small commission. But it does NOT result in you paying a dime more for that item. The affiliate money we earn helps pay for running a blog and doing more projects. Thanks so much for your support!*