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The fence is about 6 or 7 years old. It never had a finish put on it and now looks weathered. I don't want something that needs re-doing every couple years. What kind of finish should I put on my pressure treated wood fence?
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First step is to power wash the fence and let dry totally. Then get either General Finishes outdoor epoxy stain or Thompson's stain. Apply with a brush, Wipe off excess and let dry.
I have a 5' or 6' wood bench. Won't one of these methods work for a bench and would I have to use the stain on the back side and underneath the seating?
Yes, power wash is the way to start, remove all weather related dirt and debris from your fence, let dry. A natural stain on it would look good, no matter what you do, it will need maintenance to keep it looking good. Thompson's make a good product. Go to the diy stores and select something you'd like to see on it.
First power-wash it and let it dry. Then stain it with a transparent stain. It will be easier to use a sprayer.
I would use Thompson's Water Seal.
Use Fence Stain or Paint. Will require doing every so often to keep it looking good.
We used a semi transparent stain. Wood requires maintenence so it does need to be restained every few years, but the semi covers well and lasts a long time.