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Old 06-21-2008, 02:56 PM   #1
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How can I prevent wood discoloration from sprinklers?


In just the 6 weeks or so that we've had our sprinkler system running I can already see some obvious discoloration on our fence from where the sprinklers have hit it.

So two questions.

1) How can we prevent it from getting worse?
2) Is there any way to fix what's already discolored?

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Old 06-21-2008, 10:40 PM   #2
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The discoloration probably can't be completely eliminated, although it can probably be minimized. If you haven't installed a HIGH QUALITY stain/sealer on the fence, that is a must. You may need to power wash to get some of the staining to look better. As long as water is hitting part of the fence, that part is going to look somewhat different than the part that isn't subjected to such intense "weathering".

The best way to deal with this is not to water the fence! Can you install some different heads on your irrigation system, or aim them so they don't hit the fence???

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I'll take a look at some sealers to see if that helps some. The sprinklers aren't really directly hitting the fence, they just spray long ways down the fence and so a good bit of mist from the sprinklers hits it.
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I'd avoid the cheapo (thompson type) sealers. You're going to have to spend $30/gallon to get quality stain/sealer.

My choice is Penofin. The stuff is awesome.
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I agree with the kctermite. but may I add one thought ? is the discoloration due from iron riched water from your well. if this is the case there isn't anything out there that will prevent this from happening. you will have rust forming on the surface of your sealer also. just something that is a big problem here in my locale. if not! kctermite has the cure. good luck BOB
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As buletbob stated: The minerals in your water "may" repeat the staining process again....

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