Treat your Fence with Oils, Stains and Varnishes
When your fence starts to crack and peel from exposure to the outdoor elements, it’s time to consider a product that will restore its natural beauty. A fence stain, oil or varnish might one of the things you look for, with a range of products available to help you treat your wood and timber fencing in the best way possible.
Promain supply a comprehensive selection of advanced fencing stains, tried and tested to deliver the high-quality finish your garden fence undoubtedly deserves. We have a range of colours available for those of you looking to create a decorative look, or clear wood stain for those of you more concerned about protecting the wood itself.
If you are looking for the best fencing oil or wood fence stain to protect and decorate your garden fence, Promain can give you advice to help you with your project. Within our range, you will find a selection of decorative products that offer outstanding protection, including penetrating wood finishes, and wood stains.
Stain for Wood Fence: What is it used for?
Fence stains are essential when it comes to repelling weather damage, eroding, insects and UV light degradation. When applied correctly and left to dry for the advised length of time, your fencing will be able to withstand attacks from sunlight, water, insects and mould growth. A quality wood stain will help you fence to resist many of the outdoor elements that would usually be harmful to the wood.
Fences that have been left untreated for a long period can become dull, broken, damaged and lifeless. Treating your fence with a fencing oil, stain or varnish will help you to restore beauty to your fence and your garden on a whole. You can purchase sprayable fence stain or varnishes that can be applied by brush, giving you the flexibility you need to protect your fence the way you like.
What is the Best Fence Stain?
When it comes to finding a quality stain to enhance the look of your fence, it’s important to consider all the different options first. There really isn’t a ‘best fence stain’, but there are a few solid options out there that we would recommend. Solignum Architectural and Owatrol Solid Colour Stain are just a couple of the stains we would recommend for treating and decorating your fence. Of course, it all depends on the substrate and the environment in question, as well as the level of protection that is required.
How to Stain a Fence?
Before you even consider staining your fence you will need to find out the best way to prepare the surface based on the technical data sheet provided by the manufacturer. We’d always recommend you consider the weather conditions as this will have an impact on how well your product functions.
As a general rule, we’d advise that all lose and flaking paint is removed and that the fence is abraded and thoroughly cleaned and degreased prior to application. All previous products should be completely removed and your surface should be clean and dry. Owatrol Dilunett is a solvent free paint remover that can strip previous coatings from your fence for you. After this, Net-trol can be used to neutralise the Dilunett and make sure the timber is clean and at the correct PH level prior to applying your stain.
The application process is very straight forward you can either use a brush or a sprayer.
- Using a Brush - Put lots of stain on the brush and apply a thick, even coat. One coat will do the job but if the wood is a contrasting colour or very weathered a second coat can be put on.
- Using a Sprayer - Pour the stain into the sprayer. Pump it up or turn it on and start spraying. For an even finish use long, sweeping arm movements and move along the full width of the panel. Drop down and do the same again going over where you have already sprayed by 50%.
Remember to remove any stain from your brush and wash in warm, soapy water. Don't put any leftover stain down the drain or into watercourses. Your local authority may have facilities to get rid of unused stain.
How to Choose the Right Stain for your Fence
There is such a wide choice of wood stains available now that it can be quite bewildering. Just make sure the one you choose is suitable for exterior applications. Check on the tin for coverage to make sure you buy enough.
When it comes to colour, make sure you think about how the whole fence is going to look. A bright gold might contrast well with one of your plants, but when you’re looking at 20 metres of it you might not like it as much. Try applying a small amount of stain to an area of fence that’s not too obvious first and let it dry to make sure it comes out the colour that you want.
If you are using a sprayer to apply the stain, make sure you buy one that is compatible with a sprayer.
Let Promain Help Choose a Product to Protect Your Fence
If you need help finding the right stain or oil to restore your garden fence, the Promain technical department are here to help you along the way. By calling us, we can talk to you about the different products we have for staining fences, as well as the different fence stain colours and fencing varnishes we have available to help you make an informed decision.
As well as offering a comprehensive range of stains for fences, we also have stains for decking, interior wood and garden furniture, as well as interior and exterior wood cleaners to help you keep your wood looking fresh. We also stock a range of quality products for painting fences, should you wish to achieve a different look.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fence StainWhen is the Best Time to Stain Your Fence?
Staining your fence is a job for the spring/summertime. When temperatures are warmer (between 10-35 degrees celcius) and the relative humidity doesn’t exceed 80% are ideal conditions. Check that fog and rain aren’t part of the forecast as this could make staining your fence a lot trickier. Protect your fence from direct sunlight during the application process if you can, although this is just a general rule and may vary from brand to brand. Always consult with the manufacturers data sheet to ensure you stain your fence in the right conditions.How Much Paint Stain Will I Need?
This totally depends on the system you choose to stain your fence with, as coverage rates can vary between brands. Wood is a natural substrate with carrying levels of porosity that can affect consumption. The chosen method of application can affect how much stain you need also. Sawn timber will consume more product and planed timber will give you a higher coverage rate, so be sure to find out about the surface you are treating.What Equipment Will I Need to Stain My Fence?
Make sure you wear old clothing and gloves, as it’s impossible to paint a fence without some stain transferring itself onto your person at some point!
You need to decide on how you are going to apply the stain. You can use an old-fashioned brush, a roller, or if you have a large expanse of fencing it may be worth investing in a pump or power sprayer. If you are using a brush, a good wide (at least 100mm/4”) brush will cover the surface quicker, but you will also need a smaller (25-50mm/1-2”) brush to get into awkward gaps. Even if you are using a roller or sprayer, you will need to use a brush to paint the harder-to-reach areas and edges where you need to be careful not to spray stain, ie where the fence adjoins a wall or if there are windows or delicate plants nearby.