Whats our preferred method to stain fence?
We just had our old decaying falling over fence replaced with a nice brand new cedar fence. We plan to stain it white. Fence guys say to let it weather for a year before staining, but elsewhere I have heard its ok, and sometimes heard better to do it when the wood is fresh. The fence is entirely cedar, posts and all so no wet PT to deal with.
I will be using BM alkyd solid siding stain.
Last year I put in a brand new cedar lamp pole and I stained it new. The BM instructions suggested to avoid tannin bleed through on non weathered wood to prime first with oil then stain so that's what I did - 2 coats of alkyd exterior primer and then 2 coats of white stain. Worked fine and seems to be wearing well. The only thing I didn't like was that you cant get oil based stain in quarts, only latex and this latex "stain" was as thick as paint and didn't seem to penetrate at all. (For the fence I'll buy in gallons to get the real alkyd oil based stain).
So whats the verdict?
- Do I stain this summer, or wait a year?
- Do I just stain with no pre treatment?
- Do I prime then stain?
- Do I do the 3 step - blopturp / primter / stain?
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