How to Stain a Fence

Recommended Use

Wood Defender™ fence stain is designed to be used on exterior wood fences. Both the Wood Defender Semi-Transparent and Transparent Fence Stains work extremely well on:

  • Pine
  • Cedar
  • Spruce
  • Redwood
  • Pressure-treated wood
  • Weathered and previously stained wood fences

The recommended spread rate for unsealed wood is 150-250 square feet per gallon. When applied at this rate, the Wood Defender line of Fence Stains will provide you with a uniform application.

Preparing the Fence

As with any staining project, it is important that your substrate (wood fence) is properly prepared. The surface of your fence must be clean, dry, and free of dust, dirt, mildew, oil, water, and other contaminants. Weathered wood must be bleached prior to staining to kill any mildew spores present.

Staining the Fence

Wood Defender recommends the following steps when staining a fence:

  • Wood Defender Stains can be applied by spraying, brushing, or rolling as long as total saturation of the wood surface is achieved.
  • Test color choice in an inconspicuous area before proceeding with the project.
  • Stir stain thoroughly.
  • Apply without thinning.
  • Apply stain above 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).
  • Allow 90 days for total cure on Wood Defender Fence Stains.
  • We recommend the use of a respirator while spraying.
  • Do not apply product if rain is expected within 24 hours.

By saturating the surface of the lumber, the Wood Defender product penetrates deep into the wood, leaving the fence with an even, uniform finish.

The Cleanup

Wood Defender Fence Stains wipe off most metal, glass, and non-porous surfaces; therefore, cleanup is less time consuming. Metal gate hardware and fences built with metal poles can be wiped off with a dry rag to remove stain. Wood Defender EZ Clean is the recommended product for removing the stain from surfaces you didn’t intend it being on. Wood Defender EZ Clean will remove overspray from windows, air conditioners, gutters, brick surfaces, cars, garage doors, and pool equipment, and actually leave the job site cleaner then it was when you started!

Dispose of stain-soaked rags in a metal container filled with water. This will alleviate the possibility of spontaneous combustion.


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