Board on Board Fence - Stain and Nail Questions

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Old 05-09-07, 12:54 PM
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Question Board on Board Fence - Stain and Nail Questions

We're planning to build our board on board fence in the next few weeks and are trying to plan everything beforehand. First concern is how we stain the boards. We have a spray gun so we could spray on the stain after the boards are up, but since this is board on board, there would be some areas unpainted since they're covered by the next board. Do we have to hand paint the boards before we put them up? Or is spraying alright?

Secondly, what gauge of nails do we need? We'd like to use a nailgun if possible so I'm trying to figure out what size of gun is needed.

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Pre-staining is tempting, but you will probably need to trim some boards during the construction process and you would have to go back and re-seal those areas anyway.

Coil roofing nailers are normally what is used for professional fence construction. Its worthwhile to get stainless steel ring shank nails, they won't corrode and stain your wood.
 
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So does that mean that spraying on the stain/sealant is optimal then?

Any recommendations on the coil nailers? Size, brand etc?

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Staining after you assemble is probably best, and spraying on a board on board will be a lot easier - you'll just have to watch closely for excess stain that might collect in the corners and make runs or shiny streaks. Back-brush those out.

Hitachi nailers have a great reputation. Their model NV65AH has bump activated firing which will make the job go a lot quicker. For regular fence I'd use 1 3/4 length ring shank.
 
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Stainless nails for that hitachi gun -

http://www.toolsforless.com/product/426.html
 
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Staining the wood prior to assembly provides the best coverage/protection. You can touch up any raw edges later.

Depending on the type of coating used it is best to spray and back brush [or roll] and then spray on another coat after installation. There are some coatings that require recoating before the 1st coat throughly dries or after it has weather well.
 
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We live near the sea and used a water based stain on 100ft of fence and it was absolute rubbish. Needed doing again the next year.
We have been researching what to use on some new fencing and one that seems to be up to the job is Sikkens Cetol Novatech or Cetol HLS. Seems to be specified by commercial architects a lot.
It's not cheap but I think it could be worth it. Comes in some great colours too.

Can anyone else comment on this product?
 
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