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Old 06-08-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
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what should i do with a new 6 foot fence with untreated wood??? what should i do ??? do i need a primeror just some sort of water proof stain???

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You present two entirely different systems. Do you want a painted fence or a stained fence? You will need to prime it for a painted fence.

If you are going to stain, let it sit for 6 to 8 weeks for the wood to open up. New wood has "mill glaze," a condition of compressed wood fibers from milling. Whatever stain you decide to buy, follow directions.

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Solid color stain is the easiest approach and it won't peel like paint does. Do as Mr. Paint says and wait a while. You may have to lightly sand the wood before staining. Apply two coats of something like Sherwin-Williams Woodscapes and your fence will look like a million bucks.
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Unless you do not want a solid color. Then a semi-transparent stain would be a better choice.
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Unless it's kiln dried wood, the problem you may run into is the moisture content of the wood. You can prime and paint all you want, but it will blister and bubble as soon as the sun hits it.

I had a 2x2 redwood end post that was so wet ("cut last Tuesday," as they say) that took at least 6 months before it dried out sufficiently. This was the worst case one; the other two posts took at least 4 months.

Looking back, I would buy a moisture meter and test them first. Other wise it's and endless loop of: sand, prime, paint, and curse.
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