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The Best New Wood Fence Stain?

Since we published this article, some new stains have been introduced. We recommend you browse our site with honest reviews for recommendations for the best new wood fence stain. We always appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below with pictures of your fence stain projects.


Looking for a New Cedar, Redwood, or Pine Fence Stain?

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 an 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 TWP 100 Pro Series 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 loses 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 are all that is necessary to keep it maintained.

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Will
Will
10 months ago

I am in Florida and have a large 3 year old cedar fence that was coated with thompson’s water seal upon install. Now it is very dull and grey want to stain, but HOA only allows BEHR colors ST-104 Cordovan Brown, ST-103 Coffee and ST-115 Antique Brass. I do not want to use BEHR and would prefer to use TWP or Armstrong however I need colors to match or be very similar – any ideas?

Will
Will
10 months ago

What about the Thompson’s water seal? I put it on 3 years ago – do I need to strip? Will TWP go on fine over it?

Michael Heese
Michael Heese
10 months ago

What temperature should it be for applying the stain?

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

I installed a 4-5 foot cedar fence over Labor Day Weekend, 2020. I have not yet stained it, so it’s roughly 7 months old and slightly graying. I’ve read quite a bit of your reviews in the past and am considering the TWP product line. Which would you recommend specifically in cedar tone, and would I need to use any brightener or cleaner prior to staining in order to achieve the desired color and effect? If cleaner and brightener is necessary, is there a way to do this with a powerwasher or spray bottle? I’ve got 210 ft….

Chad
Chad
1 year ago

We had a pine 6ft privacy fence installed 10 months ago as well a fairly large deck. We plan to stain the deck with Armstrong Clark in the next couple weeks. We are considering holding off on doing the fence until next year. I understand the importance of protecting the wood but are we making a mistake waiting another year for the fence or do you think it will be okay?

Heather D.
Heather D.
1 year ago

Hi, About a month ago, we got a new horizontal redwood fence installed. We will be getting it stained in a week. I’d like to stain it so that it looks like the (see photo). I’m having a hard time determining which stain will be the best in giving it the look that I like and will last the longest (be best quality). Can you help?

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Terri Warren
Terri Warren
1 year ago

Northern Cedar Fence, Installed in July- with the heat of the summer, and drought conditions,the fence is ready to be stained (the fence company thought so too, after stopping by to tweak something. What stain would you recommend? I would like to keep the light color and protect it from greying.

Thank you in advance for your advice

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Terri Warren
Terri Warren
1 year ago
Reply to  Terri Warren

OOPS. Fence is located on the New Hampshire Seacoast.

Gail Dow
Gail Dow
2 years ago

Thank you for this useful information. However can you tell from these photos if the fence cedar wood is rough sawn cedar or not?

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Gail Dow
Gail Dow
2 years ago

Thank you. Thinking of using a Sikkens Cetol DEK Finish for fence. Have you ever heard of it or have any opinion on? See photo.

Thank you.

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Gail Dow
Gail Dow
2 years ago

Thank you

Gail
Gail
2 years ago

Just installed a pine picket fence/gate and want to stain now but is it too early? Should I wait until Spring so fence can age through this winter first?

Norris
Norris
2 years ago

If I want to keep my fence looking as close to what it looks like now (red cedar installed about a month ago), should I go with TWP 101 Cedar Tone or Armstrong Clark Semi-Transparent Cedar? Mostly rough hewn but the cross 2x4s are smooth. Should I apply a 2 coat wet on wet? The fence gets a lot of sun and also dealing with harsh Minnesota winters. Thanks, this site is awesome!

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Norris
Norris
2 years ago
Reply to  Norris

A couple of followup questions. Should I also be considering RAD?

I also want to eventually stain the older neighboring cedar fence. Is there anything I can do to get the color close-ish to the new fence? The opposite side of the fence is already stained with a darker tint. Will I screw up the other side if I clean/brighten my side and stain to a more natural cedar color?

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Norris
Norris
2 years ago

I can’t change the other side of the fence. Will I ruin the already stained side if I try to clean and brighten the other side?

Also, with my new cedar fence, do I need to use brigtener or can I skip that step since its new?

Tyler
Tyler
2 years ago

I’m in the process of having a new ranch rail cedar fence installed and want to make sure I protect my investment as best I can. I’ve been reading on your site (extremely helpful by the way) and still have a few questions I wanted to confirm:

1. I’ve read that rough sawn cedar does not need to age before staining but I’m not 100% sure if I have it or not. I’ve attached a few photos and am hoping you can confirm if mine is rough sawn or not.
2. I love the way the wood looks right now and would love to preserve it in its current state. I’d like to go with a transparent sealant / stain but live at 7,200ft in southern Colorado and worry about the powerful sun here and the damage it will do without any pigment in the stain. Is there any way to protect from UV with a translucent stain?
3. TWP100 seems like its your first choice in most cases but is there anything you see here that would make you pick another product?
4. I’m planning to get a backpack pump sprayer and back-brush as needed but is there another method you would recommend?

I think thats it for now. Thanks again for your help – its rare to see someone so response in a forum like this.

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Tyler
Tyler
2 years ago

Thanks for the quick reply! So what is the lightest color stain you recommend for protecting the wood but still letting its natural color / grain show through as much as possible?

Tyler
Tyler
2 years ago

Well – it looks like CO just banned TWP-100 on May 1st but TWP-1500 is still allowed. Two questions:

1. If it came down to TWP-1500 in Honetone vs RAD Natural Semi-Transparent for my rough sawn cedar fence, which would you recommend?
2. Can I use a pump sprayer for TWP-1500?

Thank you.

Jim
Jim
2 years ago

I have an older pressure treated fence and have power washed it and had to replace a few boards. The fence id probably 14 years old but still in decent shape. I would like to go with a semi transparent stain. what brand do you recommend?

chad
chad
2 years ago

Just had our fence torn down and replaced with Cedar. Live in the Pacific NW area.

Is there a time to wait before you stain it?

Does it need to be prepped at all?

Thinking Semi-Transparent but not sure on what brands I should be looking at – suggestions.

chad
chad
2 years ago

What about brands and Oil-based vs Water-based?

chad
chad
2 years ago

So looking at that link as well as this one – https://www.deckstainhelp.com/best-semi-transparent-deck-stain-reviews-2020/ Where does Ready Seal Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer fall compared to the ones listed here?

chad
chad
2 years ago

Are most of these available only online purchase?

TWP 100 Series Semi-Transparent Stain
Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Stain
Armstrong Clark Semi-Transparent Stain
TWP 1500 Series Semi-Transparent Stain
Defy Extreme Semi-Transparent Stain

Gary Quandt
Gary Quandt
2 years ago

Are the neweer “hybrid” stains good for new fences?

Shanna
Shanna
2 years ago

Hi! We just built an enclosed garden with 28″ raised beds made of new redwood. Do we need to wait for a while
before we stain and seal them or can we seal them now? What stain would you recommend? We live in Utah and
have hot summers.

Willie
Willie(@willie)
2 years ago

Hi, I built a new horizontal cedar fence near Portland, OR. Wet rainy winters and hot dry summers. Most of the fence is rough sawn, but the top caps are smooth. Measurements = 1,000 sq ft x 2 sides = 2,000 sq ft.
1) Should I wait for the top caps to age before staining the whole fence? If so, how long?
2) I’m looking for a semi-transparent stain. I’ve narrowed it down to TWP 100, Defy Extreme, or RAD. Which would you recommend for the best protection, easiest maintenance over time, and best-looking for cedar (less orange color)? I plan on living here for a few more decades and want to take good care of it.
3) First application = two coats wet-on-wet?
Thanks for your time.

Willie
Willie(@willie)
2 years ago

Got it. Thank you for your help.

Char
Char
2 years ago

Hello; we used Behr Chocolate Semi Transparent waterproofing stain on our premium cedar fence and now our fence is 3 different colors. I have no idea how this happened. We are going for a dark look. One panel looks great, ideally we would like to have the rest of the fence match up. One panel is orange and the rest of it is like a caramel color. Do you have any tips on how to fix this. Please help!

Daniel
Daniel
2 years ago

San Antonio, Texas: Does a new rough cut cedar picket fence have to age before applying stain and sealer? If not, does it need to be prepped first with a cleaner if it is only 2-3 weeks old or can i go straight to applying the sealer if the moisture content is at the right level?
I know the moisture content needs to be a certain percentage, what is ideal moisture % for oil based stain/sealer such as TWP 100 and also for RAD water based?
Is RAD water based stain/sealer recommended for rough cut cedar?
I know this is not the right thread for my next question, but after sanding solid stain off of a deck do i need to use the cleaner and brightener before re staining it or is rinsing the dust off with a pressure washer sufficient?

Jackie Butcher
Jackie Butcher
2 years ago

We are having an all cedar shadow box privacy fence put up in May. What is the best weather protection sealant you would recommend? How soon should it be applied? What type of applicator should I use to apply it?

Kristine
Kristine
2 years ago

Hi! I have a new pressure treated fence. We did the water test and water was absorbed. Started to apply Olympic semi-transparent stain and
it soaked in like crazy however after two coats looks very blotchy.
The wood is also very “hairy” is the only way that I can describe it very rough and not smooth (both before and after staining). Do you think it’s a problem with the quality of the wood? Or is the stain that I used not the best brand?

Kristine
Kristine
2 years ago

Thank you so much for your very quick response! I’ve used Olympic in the past when it was oil based and now that they changed it it surely is different.
May I ask what you would recommend for the rest of the fence that isn’t treated yet as we only did about half of it and stopped because number one we ran out of stain and number two just weren’t happy with how it looked

Kristine
Kristine
2 years ago

Thank you! I’ve been at a standstill because I don’t want to make any more expensive & time-consuming mistakes. I cannot undo what’s already been done as part of the fence that you can’t see in the picture runs between two screened-in porches and is not accessible. My question is do I finish the rest of the fence with what I already did and then in a few years use better quality product? The left side of the fence my neighbor would not split the cost (townhouse) so that had to stay and you can see that it’s very weathered and gray.

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Scott
Scott
2 years ago

I need to stain my cedar fence again this year. I don’t like what I used before, (Penofin). Since it does not have a sealer, would it work to put on a different stain brand without doing anything to it? What brand is recommended for a semi-transparent stain? Thanks.

Scott
Scott
2 years ago
Reply to  Scott

After reading many posts, it looks like TWP is one of the best brands out there. Is 100 better than the 1500?

Scott
Scott
2 years ago

So, if I don’t live in a state with the VOC requirements it would be a good choice. Are there any others you would recommend over TWP? Would I need to do anything to my fence first?

Scott
Scott
2 years ago

Such as? and by the way thanks so much for your responses.

Scott
Scott
2 years ago

Where can I get this stripper? Does it have to be online?

Scott
Scott
2 years ago

Is the application pretty straight forward? Just spray on and power wash off? Or is scrubbing involved on a fence?

Robert Brokate
Robert Brokate
2 years ago

I am installing a cedar (it was billed as incense cedar) and want to stain it. Reading the article and many of the posts related to cedar fencing I am putting the staining on hold for a few months. I live in the desert southwest, extremely hot and dry in the summer, so I am thinking maybe three to four months … does that sound about right? Also, noticed that you advocate using an airless spray application vs. pressure air spray … what is the rationale behind that? After reading your recommendations I am leaning towards the Total Wood Protectant but while researching availability it appears to be somewhat unavailable in this area … any thoughts on how to obtain it? (luckily I have a few months to come up with the product as I let the fence dry … and maybe the coronavirus will die also). Anyway, thanks for the information provided on your web site, it has provided a sense of confidence as I proceed on in my first go around in cedar fence construction arena.

Robert Brokate
Robert Brokate
2 years ago

I am not sure if I expressed my intentions clearly relating to the application method. What I am planning on using is a air compressor with a paint spray gun. I am not certain if you are referring to that when you reference a pump sprayer, but I will shake it out with the vendor whoever that turns out to be. I was at TWP website and tried to go to the order online but the only thing that appeared to be available was the phone. My hearing got messed up when I was in the navy working on the flight deck of a carrier (one should really wear those mickey mouse ears but I was young and thought I was ten feet tall and bulletproof … ah, a sad story I know but life goes on). Anyway, talking on the phone for me is just a major source of irritation and know the person I am trying to converse is no happier with the situation than I am so I was hoping for an email address or a chat line … but I will work it out so it is not a issue. I am truly impressed with the quick reply, thank you. Do you always respond so quickly or are you just bored with nothing else to do because of the lock down?

randy
randy
2 years ago

Just had a new cedar fence installed. I’m in Seattle. Constant rain. And the fence borders a garden that is regularly watered even during dry months. We want to go with a solid color stain, charcoal/black. What would be the best product?

Allen Archer
Allen Archer
2 years ago

Questions for a spruce (or pine) fence erected late Summer 2018 and Sherwin Williams SuperDeck Exterior oil-based transparent stain applied March 2019. Located in Central SC (Midlands)
Currently it appears that most of the stain has been absorbed or evaporated with some weathering and graying appearing. A local painter has advised using Wolman Deck Bright to clean and then apply Ready Seal stain (selected medium dark Pecan color). I have 29 fence sections that are 5 1/2′ high and 7′ wide.
Does this sound like a good plan? Better suggestions?
Thank you.

Allen Archer
Allen Archer
2 years ago

So what is the easiest way to strip the Super Deck?
Or, could I apply any other Super Deck product? I’m looking for better UV protection.
I’ve also read some bad reviews about Super Deck. Should I be concerned? Or was there an issue in the past? Thanks

Allen Archer
Allen Archer
2 years ago

Thank you! I’ve been looking at your recommended products and like the Armstrong-Clark Semi Transparent Wood Stain or Semi-Solid Wood Stain.
How would you compare these products to the TWP 100 Series?

Allen Archer
Allen Archer
2 years ago
Reply to  Allen Archer

…….or compared to the Timber Oil –sorry I forgot to ask.
Since this is the second application in a year, I really want to get it right this time.

Allen Archer
Allen Archer
2 years ago

Should I need to use either or both RAD stripper additives?

Allen Archer
Allen Archer
2 years ago

Thanks for all your help. I’m still considering my options.
Either RAD or TWP or AC.
Considering my fence history (noted earlier) and now looking to apply semi-transparent or semi solid stain, would you advise (1) oil or water based; (2) semi transparent or semi-solid; and (3) one or two coats ?? Assume of course proper prep.
I realize your answers probably depend upon the brand chosen.

Linda Engrav Clarke
Linda Engrav Clarke
2 years ago

What is best sealer for new redwood fence that was installed in July, 2019. Location is Lodi, California, and fence gets full sun. I like the color of the fence, and looking for a sealer that will prevent, or slow down, the graying process. I especially like the fence color when the fence is wet. Can you please recommend a good sealer?

Anna
Anna
3 years ago

Hello,
We built a new cedar fence about a month ago and want to seal it. After reading all the posts, I understand that we need to wait a few months, but will the fence “keep safe” untreated during rainy winter in Seattle WA?

CJ Hill
CJ Hill
3 years ago

Hello I live in Indiana and had a fence put in 2 years ago that has never been stained. Pine posts and rails with rough Cedar pickets. Do I need to use the RAD clean and brighten kit on the rough cedar pickets before staining? I plan on using Armstrong and Clark Rustic Brown. Thanks!

Full sun, no mildew issues.

Shirley Cirtis
Shirley Cirtis
3 years ago

I am installing a redwood fence with galvanized “roofing” sheet metal horizontal inserts between 2X4s and painted metal bars at the top (similar to how they insert lattice at the top of a fence). I am in northern California foothills with hot summers and wet winters. I was planning on staining all of the wood before erecting the fence so all sides and ends were stained and sealed but after reading info on this site I do not know if that is the correct way to proceed. If I wait to stain for 2-3 months, do I need to treat the wood the same as your deck recommendations or just wash it well. If I need to clean it, will any of the chemicals used affect the galvanized sheets. Also, any ideas on how to protect the metal parts of the fence from the stain if I need to stain it after it is assembled. I want to keep it a natural redwood and just even out the tones so would appreciate a stain recommendation. Thanks!

J Bachert
J Bachert
3 years ago

We recently installed a new fence using these pickets from Lowes: Severe Weather (Common: 1-in x 6-in x 6-ft; Actual: 0.625-in x 5.5-in x 6-ft) Pressure Treated Wood Pine Dog Ear Wood Fence Picket. We live in west TX where the weather has wild extremes (heat, cold, lots of wind and sunny days, flooding rains one year, drought the next). What would be the best stain for this fence? How long should we wait to stain it? Thanks!

Adam Knox
Adam Knox
3 years ago

So glad to have found this site! I’ll be refinishing and adding on to my deck soon…
However, I am about 75% done with building a brand new fence around the property. Currently hanging the pickets. I used PT Pine from HD for the 4×4 posts, 2×4 rails, as well as the pickets. Do you have any recommendations on a stain that will protect the fence from the elements, and how long to let it weather in before applying the stain??

Fence Location State: Western North Carolina
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun for most of the day
Wood Type: PT Pine
Mold or Mildew Issues: Brand new, not sure
The reason for Previous Stain Failure: Brand new, no stain yet
Previous Coating? Brand new, but it’s pressure treated

Adam Knox
Adam Knox
3 years ago

They are all smooth cut

Adam Knox
Adam Knox
3 years ago

They are all smooth sawn wood.

Doreen
Doreen
3 years ago

Just installed 200′ of redwood fence, board on board. The variations of orange red and yellow are overwhelming in the California sunshine so we want to tone it down. I’m not sure about color and don’t want it to look like it was painted. With semi-transparent stain, should the wood be weathered at least a year for the stain to really change the color or will it do the trick after 3 months of weathering? Are oil base stains more opaque than water base?

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Doreen
Doreen
3 years ago

what about using a solid color stain? or are you saying only paint will do what I want?

Doreen
Doreen
3 years ago

Is there an advantage using solid stain rather than paint?

Mark
Mark
3 years ago
Reply to  Doreen

Solid stain penetrates the wood and seals it, paint doesn’t. Solid stain will look like paint which I don’t like the look on a new beautiful redwood fence. It will help cut UV rays from damaging and weathering the fence more than semi and transparent stain but too solid like paint. Re-spray solid stain like every 7 years. Semi-transparent redwood stain would look better, re-spray 4-5 years. I’d use transparent redwood stain, like Preserva Wood and re-spray every 2-4 years.

Dan
Dan
3 years ago

Hello, I had 400’ x 6’ tall cedar privacy fence installed in the summer of 2016. (Indiana) I’m considering a dark brown semi-solid stain. (Cabot maybe) Do you have a recommendation for stain type? Is any brightener or cleaning needed since it’s never had stain or finish put on it? It’s a little weathered being 2.5 years old but in great shape and I’m using a darker color. Planning on applying stain using a sprayer (garden type) with wife and kids following behind brushing it in with brushes. Any issues for this type of application? Thank you in advance . . .

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A. Riggs
A. Riggs
3 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Do you have a picture of the finished product?

nikole
nikole
3 years ago

Hi- brand new redwood fence installed this past weekend. I live in the bay Area, CA. I’m getting older and would like to know what you would recommend for a lasting weather proof stain. Cant afford to have someone stain it for me, so I’ll have to work. Spray it or roll it? Thank you

Jen S
Jen S
3 years ago

The brands you recommend seem to have limited color options. We recently bought a house in San Diego and would like to restain a fence that currently has a brown solid stain. We are looking for something in a gray-blue. What are good options for a waterbased stain?

Jen S
Jen S
3 years ago
Reply to  Jen S

At least we think it is currently covered with a solid stain not a paint. Please see photo. Unsure of the type of wood. No mold or mildew issues. Fence faces East and North. Would Flood Pro Series solid color stain be a good option?

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Kenny
Kenny
4 years ago

I live in Solana Beach, coastal San Diego CA.
New Cedar Horizontal Fencing, smooth on one side and rough on the other side which is my neighbors side.
About 6Ft tall by 350ft
Most of fence has partial shade
Moist in the mornings
How long do we wait to seal?
Best sealer that maintains the natural Cedar color ? We don’t want it to blackened or yellow.
Thanks

Fra Na
Fra Na
4 years ago

We put in a new cedar fence last November. We live in Bonney Lake, Washington (45 miles south of Seattle). In our old home we never stained our fence and loved the gray look. Even if we stain the fence one full length down the side is open grid and will have espaliered evergreen camellias so will probably never get stained again. If it we up to us we would not stain the fece but the HOA requires transparent oil based stain in “natural” (they recommend Shermin-Williams Super Deck Exterior Oil-based Transparent Stain). After reading your articles I believe this is not the best brand to use.
1. We like the gray so can we stain the street side but leave the inside alone?
2. Given our location what is the best stain to use?
Thank your for your help.

Joseph D McFarland
Joseph D McFarland
4 years ago

Sorry for not having read all of the previous posts and in them you most likely answered this for someone else but I figured I could ask anyways.

We live in Springfield Missouri and have a new rough cut Cedar fence that was installed in August of 2017. (Actually I have about 3/4 of it installed then but the other 1/4 is around five years older as our house is a new construction in a subdivision and the neighbors fence was installed then and I had the rest when we built last year to complete our backyard.)

Do you have a suggestion for the best stain, and any ideas of how to manage the two different fence ages? How to prep them if any is necessary?

I also have a new deck that is made from pressure treated wood which makes the semi transparent stains look like crap in my opinion. Do have any opinions on what makes a pressure treated deck stain look nice? Go with solid stains? Do you think a deck should match the houses siding? We have a dark gray siding but I am not sure if we should go with a matched gray solid stain or a contrasting light wood color? I know this might be a personal choice but I just wanted to ask if from previous experience you have some things to think about hat would help our decision.

Also I have an account with Sherwin Williams and was thinking about using their super deck stains. How do you feel about that product? Should I go with something else. I just want the best product.

Lastly I have a cedar playset that I need to stain. Any suggestions there?

Thank you for your help.

Clif
Clif
4 years ago

I need your help to decide on best stain for my newly posted redwood fence. I see top stains for my purpose could be TWP or Restore a Dck Stain:
1. Modesto California
2. I will be putting on stain with roller/brush
6. Surface is about 600 sq. Ft.
7. I will only put stain on my side of fence. My neighbor says he does not want to stain his side of shared fece.
8. I will be staining within first two weeks.
9. I want to make sure less greying over next couple of years and ease to maintain/ resurface later.
9. After you suggest which brand, can you please suggest semi transparent stain color for natural Redwood.
I need help your to decide whether oil or water Base is better for my purposes or at least prod and cons of each type. If you think there is another brand better suited to my needs, please suggest.
Thanks

Clif
Clif
4 years ago

Thank you for your help. At times all this can be confusing.

Shane
Shane
4 years ago

We have a pressure treated pine privacy fence, approximately 2 years old. We are going to have the fence pressure washed and stained. We have used Defy Extreme on our deck but was curious what would be the best stain for our fence? We live in Georgia.

Elisabeth Mcdonnell
Elisabeth Mcdonnell
4 years ago

Why do you always advise Armstrong or TWP? Im suspicious you are affiliated with these companies. If so, come clean.

Dee
Dee
4 years ago

New front fence installed E Exas (Tyler) Nov 2017. Smooth one side, rough one side. Need stain. 8′ tall x 80′. South facing. Can’t contact installer to determine wood. Assume pressure treated pine? Does it make a difference if cedar? Color looks like the pix posted by ncrelocation. What best to use? Looks great shape, had heavy rains earlier. But TX sun will be brutal. Shouldn’t back side also be done? thanks.

Miles
Miles
4 years ago

In the article you mention Armstrong Clark or Timber Oil for new wood fences. Which Timber Oil are you referring to, Cabot’s, Woodrich or, ?

ncrelocation
ncrelocation
4 years ago

Hi,

I just had a pressure treated pine fence installed 1 wk ago in NC. 3/4″ boards (6’tall ~ 2500 sq.ft). Reading your article I see that I need to weather the wood which does have both stamps and look greenish. The boards are extremely smooth to the touch.

Questions:
1. Do you recommend sanding off the the stamps?
2. Do I need to pressure wash the fence before staining?
3. Is Pressure washing enough or do I need a cleaner as well? If so, what do you recommend?
4. How long do I weather fence?
5. How long do I have to wait to apply stain after pressure washing/cleaning fence once weathered?
6. Will one coat of semi-transparent stain be sufficient on these smooth, pressure treated pine boards?
7. What tool do you recommend for staining? Brush, roller, spray considering the area (2500 sq.ft)?
8. Should I choose oil or water based stain for longevity?

Appreciate your assistance and advise.

Thank you!

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Marvel
Marvel
4 years ago

We are in Colorado and just had red cedar board on board fence installed the end of December. The pickets are not smooth like a deck would be. The fence is south exposure so lots of sunshine. I am a thinking of using a clear product and am looking for suggestions? Plus how long to wait until I can put on the treatment.

Marvel
Marvel
4 years ago

Curious the recommendation in the prior post for TWP 100 series or Defy Extreme for the new fence in Minnesota but I was directed to the article recommending the Armstrong Clark or Timber oil product for Colorado.

If I use either the Armstrong Clark semi-transparent or Woodrich Timber Oil, as directed in the referenced deck article, on this new rough sawn cedar fence, do I still need to use a wood cleaner & brightner or do I just need to rinse off to eliminate any dust, etc.?

Marvel
Marvel
4 years ago

Thanks so much for the clarification and useful information!

Marvel
Marvel
4 years ago

Since the fence is new and rough sawn, should I plan on applying only 1 coat rather than the wet-on-wet application? I have seen some website statements from TWP 100 that indicated only 1 coat for new wood. Sorry for all the questions, but this is a big project! I have two new fences and both sides need treated. My preference is to do this job right the first time! :>)

Eric
Eric
4 years ago

We installed a cedar fence last fall in Minnesota. I am looking for a semi-transparent stain that will take the harsh winters. An