Sealing a Cedar Fence

This spring we spent some dough ($) on getting a new cedar fence installed.  It turned out better than I could have hoped, but I knew we'd have to baby it if we wanted it to last.  Hubs did a lot of research and decided that we were going to seal it.  We tried a couple of stains.  One was by Behr, which was a little chalky for my liking. We settled in on Cabot's Australian Timber Oil in Natural.

The thought of spending the better part of my weekend sealing a fence just wasn't on my top to do list for the summer.  I'd  been dreading this project for months.  Hubs has been non stop talking about getting it done and I just didn't want any part of it.  The summer was hot and humid and who wants to spend an afternoon meticulously applying fence sealer?  I'd rather be at the beach!
Well, we got it done and who do you think grabbed the paint brush and said "LET ME DO IT" in the type A personality way?  Yeah.  Yeah.  I ended up getting it done.

Hubs power washed the fence a few weeks prior to us applying the sealer and used a solution of TSP and industrial bleach, both found at Home Depot.  He applied the solution with a back-pack weed sprayer, let it sit, scrubbed any really moldy spots and rinsed with the power washer.

The fence is supposed to dry real good for about 3 days.  But hello, we had so much rain, it was hard to find the perfect day to apply the sealer.
During our stay-cation late summer, we had a window of opportunity, whether I was happy about it or not.  Hubs had some high hopes of using the back-pack sprayer to apply the sealer and then back brush/roll it on.  Fail.  I hated the sprayer.  It wasn't even and it was very splotchy.  I ended up muscling in and applying the sealer with the roller and brush. 4 hours later.  The side yard fencing was covered and it's beautiful.

We completing sealing the fence over two weekends.  We tackled the left side yard first since it's the least seen from the road and figured we'd learn a few things along the way.

Here's what we learned.

  • Cleaning the fence is a must.  
  • Before you apply the sealer, go back and wipe any loose dirt, like bird poop, that may have appeared.
  • Wear gloves and keep your skin covered because the overspray doesn't easily come off (even though it says soap and water clean up).
  • Use large lambskin roller for large areas and smaller paint roller for smaller areas.  The rails and nooks need a brush.  Back brush everything.
  • The front of the fence gets done a whole lot faster since there are no rails!
Here's the products we used.
  • Cabot Australian Timber Oil in Natural.  Our fence was Grade 1 Cedar.
  • TSP found in Home Depot paint aisle for cleaning.
  • Industrial Bleach by Clorox found in Home Depot cleaning supply aisle.
  • Lambskin roller by Wooster found in Lowes.
  • Smaller roller (had on hand for interior walls)
  • Purdy Brush 

1 comment:

  1. Your fence looks great! The color is so rich and warm. :)