What to Expect When Getting Your Fence Stained

You’ve decided it’s time to get your backyard fence stained. While you’ve hired professionals to do it, it’s still important to know what to expect at each step of the process so that you can plan accordingly. Below we will go over the staining process from A to Z so that you can feel confident in your decision to stain your outdoor fence. 

Step 1: Consultation

Before your professional staining team gets started on the project, there should always be a consultation. At this point, the staining team will take a look at the size of the project, the current state of the fence and give you both a time and cost estimate. This is also the stage where you will choose your stain color! Do you want to go as dark as possible, or are you looking for a natural, yet protected look? Whatever you have in mind, your staining professionals will be able to bring your idea to life. 

Step 2: Examine and Clean the Wood

At this point, your staining professionals will closely examine the wood of your fence. They will need to remove any random nails and screws to ensure the stain goes on as evenly and smoothly as possible. The team will also make sure all of the wood will accept the stain. If there are any issues with the wood accepting the stain, your professional will go over the steps to remedy the problem. 

A older fence will then need to be thoroughly cleaned. The wood must be cleaned to remove any grime or debris that will prevent the stain from adhering to the fence. This will be done with a commercial wood cleaner or a cleaning solution.

Step 3: Stain the Wood

This is the step you’ve been waiting for – the stain can now be applied. There are a couple different application methods for wood stain like applying the stain with brushes, rollers or a hand-pumped sprayer. Your staining team will explain the methods they use at the consultation stage. Depending on the size and condition of your fence, multiple application methods can be used. 

Step 4: Allow the Stain to Settle

Step four is probably the most important step because it will help determine the longevity of your stain. After the stain is applied to the fence, you will want to leave it alone and allow it to ‘rest’ for anywhere from 24-48 hours depending on the weather conditions, type of stain used and humidity in your area. Your staining team will determine how long the stain needs to settle on your fence for the best results. 

At this point you can enjoy your beautifully stained fence knowing that it will be protected and stylish for years to come. Now that you understand the process a bit better, it’s time to get started. Give us a call or contact us online today to start your backyard fence staining project. 

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