Here at A Straight Up Fence Company in Denver, we are experts at how to bring an old fence back to life. We’ve found that many of our customers see the upkeep on wooden fences as time-consuming and difficult. If you want to do it yourself, be prepared to spend a good amount of time to get it just right.
- Start with a Power Wash
If your fence no longer has that nice golden wood glow, a good pressure wash will remove the outer gray and aged surface to reveal the wood that is hiding below.
Power washers can be very aggressive. They are excellent at removing dirt and grime, as well as the top layer of wood, but it is fairly easy to take off too much wood and ruin your fence. It is important to use the right sprayer and the correct technique.
- Prepare Yourself and Your Fence Area
You will need to tie back any plants growing along your fence line. Clear any potted plants or items that can be relocated so that they are protected from the spray. You will need to wear clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. Water resistant clothing may be preferable.
- Begin the Process
You should begin spraying at least 18 inches from the wood. You may need to move in closer as you move the fan spray across the boards. You will see that the wood’s surface color will brighten as it is pressure washed and it doesn’t take much effort to do this. Once the old layer is stripped away, do not spray the boards any further because you run the risk of damaging your fence.
- Final Notes
Now that your fence is brightened up, it is ready for repairs and staining to fully renew your fence. These final steps can really take some experience. We strongly recommend using a professional such as A Straight Up Fence Company in Denver. We really know how to bring an old fence back to life.