Restoring an old wooden fence really dresses up your yard. This article will give you all the details on how to restore your wooden fence. I recently restored 103 linear feet of 6 foot tall treated picket fence (one side only). The first thing to do is power wash to remove dirt, mildew and the loose wood fibers. I used a 2700 psi washer with a 15 degree tip, keep off the wood 10” and clean with the direction of the wood. I cleaned one half of a picket per swipe. Be careful not to splinter the wood. Next I used the chemical injector to apply a bleach solution to the cleaned pickets. This kills any remaining mildew spores and gets the fence ready to be stained. Make a couple passes with the bleach to keep the fence wet for about 20 minutes. Finally a quick rinse and let the fence dry. The cleaning process took about 2 ½ hours and used 3 gallons of bleach. TIP: Wear eye protection and be ready to get wet.
After allowing the fence to dry for 2 days I applied Benjamin Moore’s Alkyd Transparent Stain Cedar 323-40. I used a ½ “nap roller cover and back brushed to work the stain into the wood. The staining process took about 4 hours and I used 3 ½ gallons of stain. Total time on this project was less than 7 hours and the cost was about $250.00 including the power washer rental. The results were awesome and it completely changed the feel of our side yard. This is a project you will be glad you did.