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Make an Old Fence Look Good Again Clean an old, damaged fence and make it look new. Here are a few tips. All you need is a power washer and oil stain. Learning to Use a Power Washer You cannot underestimate what a power washer can do. Your fence will be stripped by the power washer. It will clean off grime. The fence can get deeply scarred and ruined by its powerful water jets. This is why it is also important to understand how the power sprayer works.
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Used correctly, the power sprayer works well to your advantage. This is beneficial as more sealer can be absorbed in the wood because there is more surface area to work on.
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No other way of cleaning an old fence can compare with what a power washer can do. Once you have the power sprayer, test the pressure first. Don’t be ‘trigger-happy’ with a power sprayer. You can quickly learn how to use a power washer even if it’s your first time to use one. Make sure that nothing obstructs the path of the water spray along the fence. You also need to wear the appropriate clothing. Control the spray by evenly aligning the width of the water on the surface of the fence. The boards will brighten as the pressure of the spray passes each section. Continuing to spray when you already see the wood exposed does not improve its color. Repair Jobs You may now see the extent of damage that your fence has suffered and what kind of repairs you need to do. If you have broken or split boards, you can repair it with waterproof wood glue. Instead of nails to attach loose joints, you might want to use rustproof screws. If your gate has been misaligned, use a turnbuckle support to bring it back to position. It might be necessary to brush or spray the bottom of your fence with wood preservative. The bottom that touches the ground is the first area of the fence that rots. A clear exterior wood stain helps bring out the natural appearance of the wood. It gives an added amount of shade to the natural color tone of your wood. Painting Tip: Roll and Brush Do not apply sealer or stain unless the fence has completely dried after washing. This takes 1 – 3 days depending on weather conditions. Some kinds of wood take on deeper shades of color over time. You can use toned sealers if you do not want to add color to your fence. Coat the wood with sealer using a paint roller. The wood can absorb as much sealer as you soak it with. A paint brush is a good way to finish off applying the sealer after the paint roller. Make sure all areas including the corners are completely sealed. Avoid lap marks. If You Think You Can’t Get the Job Done Yourself Hire someone else to do the job if you think you are not capable to do it yourself. These companies charge corresponding fees depending on the nature of the repair and maintenance your fence requires.