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Renewing a Worn-Out Fence

Clean an old, damaged fence and make it look new. Here’s a DIY for simple home repair. A power washer and a good coat of oil stain is all that’s needed to refinish your fence.

Removing Stubborn Dirt

You cannot underestimate what a power washer can do. 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. The use of the proper sprayer tip and spraying technique is highly recommended.
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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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Power washers are efficient in getting the job done of cleaning old fences. 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.

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

You also need to wear the appropriate clothing.

Spray the power washer evenly across the surface of the fence boards. Stripping away dirt and grime from the boards brightens its appearance. After the dirt and grime is removed, you will see fresh wood.

Straigthening Up the Gate

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. Screws can join loose pieces more tightly than nails can.

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

Wood preservatives lengthen the life of your fence by protecting it from rotting. Be aware that your fence rots first at the bottom part.

It is good to preserve the natural color of the wood by using clear or semi-transparent oil stain. Wood stains contain pigments that add a blend of color to the wood’s natural shades.

Seal It and Stain It

The fence must be completely dry before you attempt to apply the sealer. 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. Roll a 3-ft area at a time then use a brush to finish sealing. 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.

If You Think You Can’t Get the Job Done Yourself

There are service people and professionals who offer to clean and renew fences for a suitable fee. Depending on the extent of the work needed to be done, appropriate fees are charged.

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