i built a fence from reclaimed treated lumber--it has "ground contact" and some numbers stamped on the side. The wood has mostly gone grey. My wife would like to stain (or paint) the fence to make it look nicer. My priority is to make this job as easy as possible, not have to do it again for as long as possible, and to make redoing it as easy as possible. i am willing to spend more money for a quality product. i am willing to use solid or transparent--whatever will make it easiest to deal with initially, or long term. 2 questions:
1. what product should i use?
2. Do i have to sand off the stamp or will the product hide it, and if i sand off the stamp will the different color wood show up?
Color wise, if we can'd do a nice transparent brown, we'd go for a dark red and make stain our picnic table and lawn furniture the same color.
I heard sikkens SRD was good, but also heard the new formulation was bad...
Elvis (like the handle by the way) if it has turned gray you really need to clean the wood. A gentle pressure wash would do the trick, but, you don't necessarily have to do that. You can use a garden pump sprayer to spray on some deck cleaner and scrub with a stiff bristle brush, then do a strong garden hose rinse. Let dry and then apply your stain. Semi-transparent would work, but, since it's reclaimed wood with a stamp on it..........a solid color stain would be the best option. Personally, I like SW's Woodscapes/Deckscapes for vertical surfaces like fencing. With the right prep and two coats of Deckscapes, your fence will look nice for at least 5-6 years.