Mark Rayner shows you how easy it is to smarten up a bare timber fence just in time for summer.
You will need: A stiff-bristled brush bucket, garden hose with clean running water, garden sprayer, paintbrush and paint stirrer. Resene Timber and Deck Wash and Resene Woodsman Penetrating Oil Stain tinted to Resene English Walnut.
Top tip: When choosing a colour to stain a fence, consider selecting an effective background tone and colour for any plants growing in front. Plants with pale coloured flowers and foliage will achieve the greatest contrast against a dark fence and darker coloured sculptural plants may look most effective against a pale background. Consider too the aspect of the site – you may wish to lift a cold dark corner of the garden by staining the fence with a light or warm colour.
Apply a generous amount of the diluted solution across the fence, working it into the wood using a stiff-bristled brush. Leave for 48 hours. Wash off.
Scrub the diluted solution into the wood, allowing the surface of the timber to remain wet for 10 to 15 minutes.
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