How to Stain Shadowbox Wood Fencing


Also known as board-on-board fencing, shadowbox-style wood fences are composed of alternating boards that provide an attractive three-dimensional appearance. Because these fences have inundated areas, they are difficult to stain. The proper tools make staining shadowbox fencing fairly simple. The wrong tools can turn the project into a messy, time-consuming nightmare. Choose wisely when purchasing application tools from your local home improvement store, or you may find yourself in over your head.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower
  • Edger
  • Pressure washer
  • Oil-based stain
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Wooden stir stick
  • Mini-roller
  • 3-inch china paintbrush
  • Mineral spirits
  • Mow the grass surrounding the fencing. Trim the grass immediately adjacent to the fencing, using an edger.

  • Wash the shadowbox wood fencing, using a pressure washer. Let the fencing dry for 24 hours.

  • Open two 1-gallon cans of stain, and stir each for two minutes. Pour each can into a 5-gallon bucket.

  • Coat the inner, inundated portions of the shadowbox wood fencing, using a mini-roller. Turn the mini-roller sideways and roll in a horizontal motion, moving down the length of the fencing. Continue until all of the inner, inundated portions of the fence are stained.

  • Stain the outer, vertical running boards of the shadowbox wood fencing, using the mini-roller. Move the roller vertically over these boards. Use a china brush to stain the three horizontal boards running the length of the fence.

  • Clean each tool immediately after application, using mineral spirits.

Tips & Warnings

  • Professionals sometimes refer to mini-rollers as "weenie rollers." If you cannot locate a mini-roller at your local paint or home improvement store, try using the latter name when speaking with customer service representatives.

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