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Best New Wood Fence Stain

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A new fence can add many benefits to your property. It can add curb appeal, increase your home’s value, provide privacy, help keep small children and pets safe, and so on. A new fence can be quite the investment so protecting it is a good idea. Applying a weatherproof stain to your new fence will ensure it looks good and lasts for many years.

A new fence will need to dry for several months before it can be sealed. New wood is pretty green, meaning it has a lot of moisture in it. After several months of being in the wind and warm sun, it will be ready for staining. Be sure to wash and prep the wood correctly prior to stain application.
To choose a new fence stain, consider the look you want. Fence stains can add to the natural beauty of the wood. The best stain for added appeal without masking the wood grain is a semi-transparent stain. These stains will add a little tone to the wood but won’t hide the wood’s natural beauty. The added pigment ensures plenty of UV protection to protect against fading and discoloring.

Semi-transparent stains like Armstrong Clark or Timber Oil are designed to penetrate the density of new wood. Not all stains will have these penetrating abilities. New wood is denser than aged wood so finding the right new fence stain is crucial. These new fence stains also help condition the wood so as it looses its natural oils they are replenished to keep the wood from drying out, which can lead to cracking, splitting, and splintering.

A new fence stain should last several years. Because a fence is vertical it does not take as much abuse as a deck floor. While maintenance on a deck can be every other year, a fence should be maintained every 3-4 years. A light wash and recoat is all that is necessary to keep it maintained.

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12 responses to “Best New Wood Fence Stain”

  1. Dave says:

    What is the best old fence stain in the Midwest previously coated with a penetrating factory finish

  2. Michelle says:

    What is best new wood fence stain with color options like white and beige for example? Could be semi transparent or semi solid?

  3. Gill says:

    Need a good fence sealer for cedar fence in southern California. J&W Redwood recommends Superdeck by Duckback as opposed to Thompson's water seal. Any thoughts?

  4. Joe says:

    I have an 8' high cedar privacy fence installed a year ago 6/2015 that I need to stain/seal. It's 250' length (so 500' for front/back), and just ordered 8x gallons of TWP 1501 (cedar, semi-transparent). We live in Virginia and the fence sees a good amount of sun. The more I read, the more I'm worried about the amount of prep for 4000' sq feet vs only powerwashing, letting it dry, and applying :
    1) sand with orbital sander
    2) clean with 1pt bleach/1pt water
    3) rinse
    4) power wash
    5) dry
    6) optional brightener
    7) coat 1
    8) coat 2

    Please let me know if I've read too much into the application!

    • Joe,

      First of all you need a lot more stain for 4000 sq. feet. For two coats you will need about 30-40 gallons. If you only do one coat, you will need about 20-25 gallons. For prep, Gemini is the main manufacturer and they highly suggest the Gemini Restore A Deck Kit for the prep. You use this while pressure washing. You do not need to sand, bleach, etc. Apply the Step 1 wood cleaner first and pressure wash off. Apply the Step 2 brightener and rinse. This is all done in one day. Wait about 2 days to stain and apply your two coats with wet on wet technique.

      • Joe says:

        Thank you for the info! Forgot to mention that it was 5gallon containers ordered. As the Gemini product is a powder going on a vertical fence, has anyone tried to use this as a concentrate to mix in the power washer detergent tank? Also, looks like the Gemini product works for 1000 sq feet, so I'd need 4x boxes.

  5. Rachel says:

    Is it advisable to pressure wash a new fence when cleaning and brightening or is a hose sufficient?

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*This is first and foremost a help site from our experience as wood restoration contractors. All stain and prepping manufacturer directions were followed with our reviews and ratings. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that wood and deck stain results may differ due to prepping procedures, different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, natural weathering, etc.