Wood fence water damage...

autocratNovember 30, 2009

Here's a pic of my back fence. I've adjusted the sprinklers so they don't hit it as much.

What should I put on it to prevent further water damage? If I have time, I'll restain/paint it, but for now I just want to put something on it to keep it from getting worse.

Can I just put something like Thompson's water seal or is it more involved than that?

Thanks

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davidandkasie

this is not water damage, this is water cleaning the crap off the fence. give it time and it will match back up. if you had it stained, then you will have to stain the bottom to match, and most likely it never will as the top will always be a different color. this is why around here no one stains their wood fence, they just let the elements weather it.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2009 at 2:12PM
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sierraeast

Out here the "bleaching " effect that resembles your situation is due to high calcium/ alkaline deposits in our water. If that's the case in your situation, you can mix up a 50-50 bleach/water solution and spray the upper half to match up with the bottom, let dry, stain and seal.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2009 at 2:44PM
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autocrat

OK, that's good to know. Yeah, i'm in Southern California.

How often do I need to re-seal? Once every few years?

    Bookmark   November 30, 2009 at 5:17PM
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sierraeast

Cabots recommends every five years, but I think it is dependent on location. In SoCal, I would think the concern would be geared more towards the dryness and heat, so something with u.v. inhibitors might work best. I would say it's safe to stick with mfgr's recommendations concerning how often, I usually end up applying repeat coats a little sooner than what they say.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2009 at 7:22PM
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