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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 03-31-2014 04:34 PM 1056 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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03-31-2014 04:34 PM

My mother in law wants me to replace the rotten cedar fence in her back yard. I did some work a couple weeks ago and rebuilt the two gates on either side of the house and the fencing facing the street. I constructed everything then used a brush to apply stain.

This time, I think I’ll get the cedar and bring it home, run the boards through my planer to get rid of the fuzz and rag on the stain, then haul them to her house and build the fence. I’ll only have to hit the cut off parts with stain after that.

Seems easier to me, but I wanted you guys to give me your opinions about it.

I don’t want to spray the stain/seal on.

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#1 posted 03-31-2014 04:58 PM

Russ
As a 25 year plus contractor I’ve never had a customer want their ceder fence stained . Ceder will hold up for years without any finish at all. Not spraying your taking away the quickest and most efficient way to put the stain on if you feel need stain. I would wait until the fence was up and spray it with an airless sprayer ,your can usually rent them for about $65 a day.

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#2 posted 03-31-2014 05:43 PM

I sprayed my MIL’s cedar fence with a bug sprayer, worked fine for me.

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#3 posted 03-31-2014 07:12 PM

I sprayed mine with a bug sprayer but the over spray was not acceptable to me . I finished using a roller.

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#4 posted 03-31-2014 08:19 PM

Well, since no one said I’m crazy, it must all be good.

Jim. Last time I tried to stain a fence I couldn’t walk for three days. This is why I plan to plane them to a smooth surface and just rag the stain on.

Everyone stains cedar here, it looks terrible inside a year if you don’t. I’ll take a pic and show you when I get out there in a couple days.

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#5 posted 03-31-2014 09:54 PM

Your CRAZY LOL
If you use and airless spayer you can stain 100ft in an hour .Like all of us buddy do it the way that works for you.

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#6 posted 03-31-2014 10:32 PM

The thing about cedar fences…they can last for many years if they don’t have ground contact.
If you are running the cedar vertically, I advise soaking the endgrain on the bottoms (and tops) in a bucket of sealer. Cedar endgrain will soak it up like a sponge…and last a lot longer for it.

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#7 posted 03-31-2014 11:01 PM

JIm, I ran 56 boards through the planer and stained them in less than 90 min. I’m repairing 120ft, these are 4’x3”. The stain went on nice with a rag. Kinda messy but at least I don’t have to junk up my sprayer.

Shopdog, around here you get 4-6 years out of these boards no matter what you do, (if you’re lucky).

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#8 posted 03-31-2014 11:37 PM

Like I said Russ watever works for you, only 300 more boards to go.

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#9 posted 03-31-2014 11:42 PM

Jim, the total is only 56 boards, they are spaced liberally. I do need to go back out and measure the distance between the posts to see which length 2×4’s to get for the frame.
This is much easier than using a brush, and if you’ll reference the post, I said I do not want to spray it. Yet all I get are people talking about spraying. Seems this happens a lot here lately.

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