How to stain your fence/deck

Staining your fence / deck:

One of the most commonly asked questions I get from my clients once I have completed a deck or a front feature fence is "what is the best stain to use on my deck/fence", "what is the best way to apply the stain", and "how often do I need to apply the stain to ensure longer life of the product built"

i thought I would take the time out to answer all of these questions for you.

firstly let's address the question:

 

 

"what is the best stain to use on my deck or fence"?

i have always sworn by cabots stain. In my experience it is the most durable and has a great uv protection rating.

cabots have a large range of products available and I would always advise the client to ask the person at the counter which type of stain will suit the project they are staining!

if you are staining a merbau deck or fence I would recommend the merbau stain as it will enrich the red colour of the timber, however if you have had a deck or fence made out of cypris I would recommend a clear stain that will show off the knots and the natural style of the timber. 

I have found that applying a merbau stain to a cypris material will result in a blotchy effect and re-application will be required constantly to overcome this problem.

 

 

"what is the best way to apply the stain"?

if you are staining a deck I would recommend using a staining broom. These can be found at your local bunnings / masters / handyman shops. 

Be sure not to overlap the stain as it will effect the consistency of the look throughout your deck.

if you are staining a fence be sure to use a paint brush not a staining broom!!!!!

make sure that the paint brush that you use is a good quality one so that the hairs of the brush are not left in the stain on your new fence.

 

 

"how often should I apply the stain"?

this is a very simple rule!!

after the deck / fence is completed stain once then allow for it to dry.

stain a second time and allow to dry.

stain once every 12 months after the initial stain to ensure the longer life of the timber.

 

cautions:

do not thin oil

do not use external oil indoors

do not overlap oil application 

 

big pros to using cabots:

it is richly pigmented helping with extra uv protection

12-18month reapplication process

scuff resistant finish designed to be walked on.

 

i hope that this has been some help in answering some questions in regard to staining your deck or fence. If you would like any further information, a free quote on your next deck or front feature fence, or a recommendation of acclaimed fencing approvepled deck or front feature fence painters / strainers please feel free to call Aaron on 0414909227 

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