I want to learn about stains and paints for old fences.

albert_135September 4, 2010

I a few hundred feet of old wooden fences. Three genertions of fences. One is a picket fence made of something that should not be outside painted barn red on one side and white on the other. Most of the red paint has peeled off and the white paint is peeling.

The other two are cheap cedar perhaps, quite weathered.

At the present time we do not want to replace any of the fencing or hire a professional. We just want to smear something over thirty years of sins.

Where do I learn about stains and paints that will penetrate the cracks in these old woods?

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Careful pressure washing followed by complete drying follwed by 50/50 boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits. After thirty days or so, you can stain them the color you like whether it's a solid color stain, semi transparent, or for no color, transparent. Cabots, Sikkens, Superdeck (duck back) all make quality exterior stains with some including linseed oils in them that would save you a step.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2010 at 1:31PM
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The above suggestion is for the cedar. For the painted picket, you can carefully pressure wash to rid the peeling paint, fill any imperfections with exterior spackle, primer follwed by two coats of color. I would use an exterior acrylic latex for the topcoats. After pressure washing all of the above, replace any missing fasteners and check the existing or re-tighten.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2010 at 2:09PM
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