One of the many things on our oh-we-need-to-do-that list when we moved into our house was to stain the brand new fence. It looked great, but we knew from past experience that it wouldn’t look nice for long. Between the weather, the irrigation system and all of the new home construction going on around us, the cedar pickets were going to go from clean to dirty very quickly.
Fast forward five and a half years. That fence was still standing there bare. And you know what? We were very right about it getting dirty.
The fence wasn’t falling down or anything, but it just didn’t look pretty. Some of my neighbors have stained theirs over the years, and I decided that this was the summer to join the fence staining team. Not only would the fence look better, but with the right kind of stain, we could protect the wood from the weather and the sun so that the fence would last longer.
One Saturday afternoon, Tom and I got to work pressure washing the fence so that it would be clean and better accept the stain. Earlier in the month, 3MDIY.com had sent me some 3M TEKK Protection products, so I donned my safety glasses and was all smiles.
We borrowed a pressure washer from a neighbor, and Tom did the washing. I had offered to do it (this was MY project after all), but he wanted to do it. I think he knew he’d be cooler working with water. So, I had the job of removing the wire fencing we had to put around the bottom of our fence when our rescue dog first came to live with us (he was a digger).
In hindsight, we shouldn’t have started this project on a 100-degree, sunny day. By the time the fence the wire fencing was all removed, I looked like this (I’m red from heat – not sunburned). Removing all of the staples we had put into the cedar fence to hold the wire fencing definitely required some elbow grease. I was glad that I had been working out in the weeks leading up to it!
But, the joke was on Tom and his “staying cool” in the heat. Although his job of spraying the fence was easier, he looked like this when he was finished.
Ha! And EWWWW! That is the nasty stuff that was on our fence. I considered burning his clothes instead of putting them into my washing machine.
We just washed the fence with water and then let it dry for a few days. Then it rained for like four days straight, which never happens here. Nevertheless, it was already looking 100 times better than it did before it was washed.
The next weekend, it was dry enough to stain. This time, Tom stayed inside with the kids while I sprayed the fence with my big paint sprayer. I sprayed two coats of stain, each taking me about an hour to complete the entire fence. It was honestly about 4 times faster to stain than it was to wash!
I made sure to wear my 3M TEKK Protection while I was spraying the stain so that I wouldn’t breathe in the small stain particles or get them in my eyes. This time, I used my Holmes Safety Glasses and paired it with Sanding and Fiberglass Respirator with Cool Flow Technology. These products are definitely not fashion statements, but they were absolutely necessary for this project and did their job well.
I am so pleased with the new look of our fence! The stain has made a world of difference in the way our backyard feels. Instead of feeling old and dirty, it feels new and happy. It is the perfect backdrop for family gatherings, holiday BBQs and play dates.
And of course, it’s perfect for tea parties.
Have you stained your backyard fence? What kind of safety protection did you wear?
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