3 Tips for Staining Your Wood Fence

The following tips will help you while you are staining your wood fence. A newly stained fence offers that natural look and will highlight the woods texture, grain and its natural color. It will also compliment and bring out the beauty in your yard.

Choosing A Stain

Choosing a fence stain is the most important decision that you will have to make before you start to stain your fence. There are so many different types of stains that you can purchase at an affordable price. You do want to keep in mind that you always get what you pay for! Make sure that you do plenty of research before purchasing. If you go with a cheaper stain you may end up have having to re-stain your fence in just couple of years. Buying the more expensive stain will offer several years of looking great and less maintenance.

Yard Cleanup

Anything close to your fence is going to be exposed to chemicals while your are staining, such as flowerbeds, bushes and grass. You can either remove what is living close to the fence or place plastic sheeting over them so that they will survive the staining process. It usually takes a couple of days to complete the job so make sure you check the weather before you cover with plastic.


It is a good idea to test your stain in an area that is not visible, just to make sure you have the proper shade. More than one coat may be needed to achieve the color that you want on your fence. You will want to use your brush or roller and go against the grain of the wood. You don’t want an uneven finish so make sure that you don’t overlap the stain.