Fence Stain Recommendations

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Old 03-07-16, 04:15 PM
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Fence Stain Recommendations

I have a lot of cedar fence that ranges from 12 yrs to new. The old stuff was stained with Cabot's way back. I would like to attain as even an appearance as possible. There are scattered new pickets in the older fence. The older fence retains quite a bit of color from its original staining.

Do any of you old pros out there have any products that you like. I suppose I should use a solid body product to cover this variety of pickets. I will let the new sections season for 3-4 months before doing anything.
 
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Old 03-07-16, 04:23 PM
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A solid stain should give you the best uniformity although there will be some texture/grain differences between the new and old wood. I've had good results with SWP's exterior latex stains although often the best advice is to go to a local paint store [not paint dept] and get their advice as to what works best in your area.
 
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Old 03-08-16, 09:28 AM
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I agree that a solid body stain is the best bet but don't believe anything short of priming, sanding and painting will make them all look alike.
 
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Old 03-08-16, 04:58 PM
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Maybe I should pressure wash it to even out the wood some prior to staining.
 
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Old 03-09-16, 04:22 AM
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While it's always a good to clean prior to applying stain/paint I'm not sure pressure washing will even out the wood. You can damage the wood if you use too much pressure. When too much pressure gets used on sound wood it turns 'fuzzy' if the wood isn't sound it may be partially destroyed.
 
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Old 03-09-16, 01:48 PM
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If I pressure wash, I'll be careful. I have used these several times. The only alternative would be bead blasting and this is just a fence. It is a corner lot, so it counts a lot for curb appeal. My wife and I are 144 yrs old so selling is on the horizon. Thanks for the help.
 
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