Make an Old Fence Look Good Again


Make a worn out fence appear bright and shiny again. All it takes are a few simple repairs. A power washer and a good coat of oil stain is all that’s needed to refinish your fence.

Removing Stubborn Dirt

Power washers are powerful. Nothing can stand the water pressure that a power washer delivers. It will remove all kinds of dirt. But because of its extremely high pressure, old wood can suffer bruises. This is why it is also important to understand how the power sprayer works.

When working on smooth wood surface, you will observe that the power washer’s spray will bring up the wood’s grain. This is beneficial as more sealer can be absorbed in the wood because there is more surface area to work on.

Power washing is the best way of cleaning an old fence. It is important to choose the right tip and test the pressure of the spray before aiming it on wood. Never spray without having first tested the pressure.

You can quickly learn how to use a power washer even if it’s your first time to use one.

First clear the surface of the fence of anything that can block the spray, like loose plants.

Since you can’t avoid getting wet in the process, wear the right kind of clothes.

Control the spray by evenly aligning the width of the water on the surface of the fence. Stripping away dirt and grime from the boards brightens its appearance. You only need to clean the wood a little with the use of a power sprayer.

Adding Years to Your Fence

Now that the fence is clean, some repair work might need to get done. Broken or split planks can be repaired using waterproof wood glue. Bind separated joints with corrosion-free bolts and nuts instead of common wire nails for better fitting together.

Turnbuckle supports can be used to straighten up the fence gate.

Use wood preservative where your fence touches the ground. It is important to prevent your fence from rotting in this area.

A clear exterior wood stain helps bring out the natural appearance of the wood. Wood stains contain pigments that add a blend of color to the wood’s natural shades. Click here for facts.

Seal It and Stain It

Do not apply sealer or stain unless the fence has completely dried after washing. Depending on the weather and how old the fence is, it is best to let it dry completely. Some kinds of wood take on deeper shades of color over time. Sealing is easy, it’s a DIY job anybody can learn to do.

A paint roller will do a good job of soaking the wood with sealer.  Sealer is absorbed by wood’s pores. Brush the sealer into the wood after the sealer has been applied by the paint roller. Give attention to corners and hidden creases when applying sealer. Be careful not to leave lap marks, as they show uneven and unsightly shades on finished jobs.

Need Help?

There are service people and professionals who offer to clean and renew fences for a suitable fee. These companies of Residential Painting in Fort Collins charge corresponding fees depending on the nature of the repair and maintenance your fence requires.