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Old 04-11-2013, 11:54 PM   #1
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Redwood fence coating for fence in direct sun in Southern Calif


What is the best oil or light stain for an old (probably 15 years old) and never stained redwood bence? About 100 lineal feet of 8 ft. high redwood fence. The fence in in direct sunlight all day in the hot sun of Southern California. First i will repair and re-screw some of the boards. Some of the knot holes have been vinyl calked. Maybe ignore the calking. Most inportant is to restore and try to save as much of the redwood as possible.

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What do you want it to look like? You'll want to hit it with wood brightener/bleach if you are going to stain it.

Cabots used to make an excellent exterior semi-transparent stain. They also make a Bleaching Oil that can be used straight, or intermixed with their Weathering Stain to produce a fairly uniform bleached out gray.

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What kind of caulking did you use? The patches may stick out when you stain.

Search this site for numerous posts on this topic from last year. There a number of quality stain products out there that range from semi-transparent to solid and in oil/solvent and waterbased formulas.



Woodscapes acrylic is a great solid stain product from Sherwin Williams you can tint to any color. Sikkens, Cabot, SW, Ben Moore, etc. all have excellent semi-transparent and semi-solid products in many colors so get a color chart. Purists will argue for an oil stain for semi-transparents but I am not sure that waterbased will not hold up just as well on a fence.

Olympic stain used to be my go to product when working in N California. Sadly, it has been formulated for the consumer/box store market and just does not hold up well IMO.

The more opacity and color you have in the stain the more prone it is going to be to fading. You want to make sure you find a product with a fair amount of UV protection in it. Given this fence is in direct sunlight? You should plan on adding staining to your maintenance list every few years no matter what you use.

Bleaching and conditioning the fence ahead of time will help give you a more even starting point so your stain matches. You should not have to bleach it if using a solid color product.
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