It may seem easy to stain an exterior wood fence. But the reality is that all sorts of factors can complicate such a project. Probois is a leading expert in the domain and is guaranteed to exceed your expectations.
PROBOIS offers its services for all work regarding : Restoration, maintenance, stain and pain application on wooden fences.
Cleaning of wood with a pressure washing machine is not very complex task, but it nevertheless requires adequate tools and a particular expertise.
Using the right product : Having the right product is probably the most important part of the job. You can find a host of products on the market that boast of miraculous results. However, there are few that live up to their promises.
Stripping : We use a stain stripper for the stripping part of the project. Once the surfaces are wet, we apply a coat of stripper cleaner on all the stained wood. Afterwards we brush the product thoroughly to make sure it penetrates the wood. If necessary we repeat the process to remove any remaining stain.
Nettoyage : During the cleaning of the surfaces, we use the same stripper cleaner but we dilute it at the ratio of 1 part stripper cleaner 5 parts water on average. Once applied, we brush the product to help it penetrate the pores of the wood and then we rinse it with water. The cleaning often yields impressive results. Even when a fence is very dirty we can always restore it to its former self.
** Also note that our stripper cleaners are eco-friendly
The neutralization of all the surfaces of the fence is quite simple and very fast. Performed at the end of the stripping or cleaning step, we apply the neutralizeur directly with the pressure washing machine. Afterwards, we rinse the wood thoroughly to remove all residues.
The sanding of the surfaces of the fence is extremely important to open the pores of the wood. During this step, we use a grit that is quite large to make sure the pores of the wood are opened. It must be noted that wood must always be sanded whether it has been stained before or not.
**Very important : the sanding is done following the grain of the wood, otherwise the stain will accentuate the imperfections of the wood.
Cleaning of all the surfaces before the stain application : Before we apply the protecting products on the wooden fence, we always clean the surfaces one last time to make sure there is no dust or residues that may interfere with the stain application. This step is very quick and efficient.
APPLICATION OF THE PRODUCT
Depending on the type of wood and its condition, different stains and sealers are applied. We can always perform some small tests before we apply our products to prevent any bad surprises.
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PROBOIS : RESTORATION, MAINTENANCE AND STAIN APPLICATION ON FENCES OF CEDAR, TREATED WOOD, PINE OR SPRUCE.
SPRUCE, TREATED WOOD, PINE, WESTERN RED CEDAR AND SELECT CEDAR :
Protecting Sealers :
Two coats of water-based sealers are applied, more often than not with a paint sprayer.
[box type=”bio”]Maintenance : One new coat every year is necessary. All the surfaces must be correctly prepared beforehand, that is to say, cleaned and sanded.[/box]
Translucide stains :
Two coats of translucide stains followed by a sealer. We recommand oil-based and water-based stains equally. The stain application is performed in three different ways : lambswool, stain brushes and paint sprayers.
[box type=”bio”]Maintenance : A coat of sealer every two to three years is enough to refresh the stain work on exterior wooden fences. Once again, the surfaces have to be correctly prepared before any stain application.[/box]
Opaque Stains :
Two coats of stains must be applied, the application is normally performed with a paint sprayer or with a brush. We almost always prefer using water-based stains.
[box type=”bio”]Maintenance : A coat of opaque stain must be applied every three years to revive the wooden fence.[/box]
If the wooden fence has already been stain or sealed, it is important to always use, as much as possible, the original product and the same opacity and finish otherwise problems may occur. If you are not certain of the products that was previously used we can perform some tests to at least know the whether the previous product was oil-based or water-based.
However, if the product used does not result in the desired finish then a complete stripping of the surfaces must be entertained.
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Once the surfaces have been prepared, we apply a natural oil on all the surfaces of the wooden fence. We always perform the stain application with lambswool to better penetrate the pores of the wood.
A single coat is enough to correctly seal ipe wood. In fact, we do not recommand that a second coat be applied. The second coat will not penetrate the wood adequately and will not adhere to the already oiled surfaces of the wood.
[box type=”bio”]Maintenance : A yearly analysis of the wooden fence is important to make sure that it is aequately protected. This way, the places in need of further treatment can be more easily identified. Normally, a coat every two years is sufficient to protect a wooden fence adequately. However, the surfaces that are directly facing the sun must be oiled every year. This is why we suggest a yearly analysis.[/box]
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Fences made of teak, although quite rare, are extremely beautiful. During the maintenance of teak, we use translucide stains with low pigmentation to stain teak. We have eight different stains, our products for teak are eco-friendly and embellish the wood.
Once the fence is stained, we apply a sealer for exotic wood to seal the surfaces of the wood and make sure that the stain remains in place. Exotic wood sealers are much more efficient than standard wood sealers when it comes to the pores of exotic wood that have much smaller pores and therefore need smaller particules.
[box type=”bio”] Maintenance : A coat of sealer needs to be applied every two to three years to revive the teak and preserve this exotic wood. It is important to always prepare the surfaces adequately before applying the products.[/box]
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Cumaru is a very dense exotic wood, it is always important to use specialy made products for these projects. Indeed, we use taylor-made stains for this wood. This way, the stain penetrates the wood and protects it against the weather and the sun. We normaly use a stain before applying a sealer because of the orange-like color that cumaru naturally has. Afterwards, we apply a sealer that will hold the stain in place for many years.
[box type=”bio”] Maintenance : A coat of sealer must be applied every two to three years. If maintance is not done then the color will simply fade.[/box]