Asked on Jun 20, 2020

How to clean old fence post?

Cheryl AMorgan McBrideHomeroad


I have some fence post that my Grandpa out up in 1951and I want to use them for crafts. What do I need to do to clean and preserve them?

14 answers
  • Mogie
    on Jun 20, 2020

    If it was me I would use a pressure washer to knock off anything that is loose. Let the posts dry and slice or cut in slabs.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Jun 20, 2020

    Pressure washing is the most efficient way to clean fencing.

  • Mogie
    on Jun 20, 2020

    Start by pressure washing each post. Lay them out in the sun and let them dry. If you use the fan tip the pressure won't be so intense.

  • Unique Creations By Anita
    on Jun 20, 2020

    I use fence post all the time, I just sand the old dirty surface off and reuse them. You can seal them with polyurethane once you are finished,

  • Johnavallance82
    on Jun 20, 2020

    Hi ,

    give them a soapy wash and then hose down. Let them dry and use a preservative, coloured or clear , available from DIY stores etc. Fencing dept.

  • Redcatcec
    on Jun 20, 2020

    Start with warm soapy water for a gentle wash. If need be graduate to a pressure wash to get out the deeply buried particles such as moss or weeds. Let them dry in the sun, turning them as needed to reach all areas of the posts. To preserve them sand and coat with polyurethane.

  • Take a scrub brush and some hot soapy water and give them a good scrub. Let them dry out in the sun. To preserve them, you can seal the project with spray Krylon sealer, polycrylic, or polyurethane.

  • Kmdreamer
    on Jun 20, 2020

    Just take some dish soap and water and a scrub brush and clean all sides then hose them you will be surprised by how good they will come then put a weatherproofing seal on them like you would put on a wood deck.

  • Nan W.
    on Jun 20, 2020

    V: I would pressure wash. let dry completely and then put aa couple of coats of polyurethane on top.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    on Jun 20, 2020

    Id treat them for termites if there’s evidence of them, before bringing them into my garage or shop.

  • Maura White
    on Jun 20, 2020

    totally agree with pressure wash and polyurethane to seal if needed

  • Homeroad
    on Jun 22, 2020

    If you can power wash them it would be the best idea. You could then use a sealer on them.

  • Morgan McBride
    on Jun 22, 2020

    I'd sand to get the gunk off then seal with a clear sealant! How cool!

  • Cheryl A
    on Jun 25, 2020

    you could always take them to a wood worker and have them planed it gets the gunk off them and brings out the natural wood

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