Redwood offers a natural ability to stand up to insects and weather conditions, making it a durable fencing material. The oils in redwood cause the wood to resist rot and decay. In addition, a redwood fence provides a splash of color to a yard. Over time, though, the red can fade into a worn gray. Protecting the wood from the elements will keep your redwood fence looking new and preserve the color.
Things You'll Need
- Trisodium phosphate
- Scrub brush
- Oxygenated bleach
- Mildew-resistant, UV-blocking, wood water sealer
- Paintbrush, roller or paint sprayer
Wash the fence with trisodium phosphate and water. Scrub dirt and stains, using a scrub brush. Clean tough stains with oxygenated bleach. You can also use a commercially prepared redwood deck and fence wash.
Allow the wood to dry completely. Drying times vary, depending on temperature and humidity.
Lay a tarp over nearby plants, bushes, decks and patios to protect them from splashes, drips and overspray.
Apply a coat of mildew-resistant, UV-blocking wood sealer to the fence. Look for a waterproofing sealer that is specific to redwood. Apply the sealer with a wide paintbrush, paint roller or painter sprayer. If you are using a paintbrush, follow the grain and paint in one direction.
Allow the fence to dry for 48 to 72 hours, depending on the weather, before touching it.
Tips & Warnings
- Reapply sealer every year to keep your redwood fence looking new. If you live in an area with severe changes in weather, applying the sealer twice yearly.
- Wear a dust mask, gloves and safety glasses when you're waterproofing a redwood fence.
- "Reader's Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual"; Family Handyman Magazine Editors; 2005
- "Outdoor Structures"; Time Life Editors; 1997
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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