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Old 07-27-2008, 08:23 PM   #1
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Preparation & Finishing Staining Fence


I am scraping my fence and going to Stain it with Cabot, my question is what is the best way to probate it before putting the stain on?

The old stain was palling off and I do not want it to happen again. What should I use to stop this from happening?

I have used a Deck cleaner on it before I started to scraping it, this is where all the trouble started and I do not believe it was from the cleaner. I do notice that there is green algae on the wood, the wood is around 17 years old and it was pressure treated.

Is there anything that I need to put on it before staining it?


I live in Ohio and it is going into August so that only gives me 2 months and September is maybe and October is I don't know. The weather at that time of year anything can happen.

You want at least 70 degrees to stain and to dry don't you?


What happens if I would wash it down with Bleach and water?


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You'll need to kill the algae/mold/mildew
A bleach water mix will work (1 part bleach mixed with 1 part water)
If you've already used the Cabot's Problem Solver Cleaner, then you shouldn't need to clean it again
Any loose, pealing, flaking, coating should be scraped off though
Anything stuck on well, it's fine to leave on

If you are using a transparent, semi-transparent, or (light colored) semi-solid stain, you may need/want to use the Cabot Problem Solving Wood Brightener
For a solid stain, there would (usually) be no need for that

For most Cabot products, it has to stay over 40* overnight for them to dry properly

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