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09-03-2016 06:16 AM

Ok told gardener to do simple 20’ of 6’ high fencing on side of house. The is SOCAL and he installed red/brown coated fir posts and already bought the 2×4’2 for the rails.

Problem he disappeared and I went wood shopping. I got lured in by the redwood fencing vs the regular cedar. Only a $1 more a piece so $50 at most extra.

Then I decide that what the heck I will run the smoother side through my planer. Now I have 40 pieces of very nicely planed fencing. The rough side has some sort or red coating I guess to make it look more uniform.

Honestly I am impressed at how nice it cleaned up. Problem is now I have to be more particular about the finish as it is dead smooth. The inner side will just keep the red/brown factory coatings.

What do you guys recommend for the now planed side? Can I use just regular UV stains? Most exterior stains are targeted at decks due to wear. I know the sun will be rough on it and can deal with fade just down’t want flaking, etc

Any ideas for a nice rich finish??? We don’t like the mix of heart/sap? wood and want to blend it in more uniform. I know it is a fence but any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 09-03-2016 06:32 AM

Go to a reputable paint store or a BBS and get there thoughts, nothing last forever in the CA sun, and deck stain/finish will work just as good on a fence.

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#2 posted 09-03-2016 07:36 AM

On the planed side I would sand with 120 grit to open the grain to accept the stain/sealer, planing can close the grain depending on the wood. Yours being one of them.

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#3 posted 09-03-2016 06:22 PM

Be sure to use a penetrating oil stain like Penofin or TWP. You will want to wait 20-30 mins after applying and then wipe off any excess that is on the surface. Ideally, you want at least some to wipe off. If there is nothing on the surface it means that it was all absorbed by the wood and it would be beneficial to apply a second coat. This will give you better protection also.

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#4 posted 09-04-2016 01:23 AM

Vote also for Penofin. Good product. Have used it and like the results.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#5 posted 09-04-2016 04:16 AM

Any clear coat will look horrible in short order. Too, it will make your life hell, if you want to bring it back to something presentable.

I did a lot of fencing for folks and went the old school router – non-hardening oil. You can put it on with a pump garden sprayer, if you thin about ten percent (WEAR A MASK!). You can use used motor oil and, even if black, it’ll just bring out a nice gold color.

The oil applications do not evaporate. Instead, they soak (wick) in. As such, a coat may not look like it did anything, after only a few months. However, future applications will build on the former. In time, especially if you are aggressive in your applications early on, will stop the wood from drying, thus shrinking and splitting and cracking.

Even if the wood is gray, the oil will bring a golden color.

The nice thing is, maintenance is cheap and easy.

I used to do a little old lady’s fence this way. All the fences around hers looked horrible, but hers looked great.

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#6 posted 09-04-2016 04:24 PM

Forks? even I forgot I’d done work for forks.

Gotta love the edit capacity of many forums.

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#7 posted 09-04-2016 08:16 PM

Another vote for Penofin.

-- Clin

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#8 posted 09-04-2016 08:24 PM

Fence is going up this week. I am just going to do simple board on board and build a nice gate. I am the type that loves to overthink, over engineer and over design things. Wife wants fence up.

Funny everybody mentions Penofin as it really has bad reviews for darkening and molding. I will assume it is do to the oil collecting dirt or maybe trapping moisture.

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