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Hi!

We just had about 200' of western cedar installed about 5 months ago. I'm going to be staining it soon, and it looks like the general consensus here is the Cabot Stain 1400 semi-solid series of stain.

The fence still looks the same as it did since day 1. It hasn't grayed or weathered at all. Since it's never been treated, painted, stained, and since it still looks new, do I have to pressure washer it?

The reason why I don't want to is because the people behind me are MAJOR grump :censored: and I want to spend as little time as possible on the other side of the fence. I'm sure he's going to complain about the stain, and I just don't feel like talking to him about it. I want to protect my investment, but don't want to deal with them.

For what it's worth, I'm going to be spraying it with an airless sprayer and probably backbrushing it. As a related question, how far does the overspray shoot? As much as a PITA it is, I'm thinking about dropping a drop cloth behind his side, spray mine first, then jump on the other side and just spray that. Thoughts?

Thanks!
 

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I don't think you need to powerwash in this instance. Unless you see a lot of mildew, etc. it, to me, is a wasted step. As long as the stain penetrates into the wood you are good to go. Depending on how the air is moving, overspray can move as far as a block away! Definitely tarp the neighbors side so you eliminate most of the risk of overspray. With a tough neighbor like you have, I would rather roll and brush, but that's just me.
 

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I would pressure wash with low pressure 500-800psi and a per carbonate. In five months an un stained deck accumulates contaminants and the wood starts to break down after a couple of days of exposure to the sun from UV rays, causing dead wood fibers which need to be removed before staining. I personally wood not stain a deck whether its new or 5 months old without pressure washing, cleaning, and brightening it first.
 
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