So, how important is stain / sealer?


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Old 09-03-19, 12:56 PM
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So, how important is stain / sealer?

Our home has a 6' wood perimeter fence, which was installed maybe 20 years ago by the previous owners. It had turned gray & dirty in the subsequent years. I just pressure washed it, and it looks like new again. I doubt it had any treatment on it before, so how important is it that I stain or seal it now? Will it truly make a difference in the long run?
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Old 09-03-19, 01:16 PM
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IMO the wood will last and look better longer if you stain it ..... but then I am a painter

Pressure treated pine, cedar, redwood and cyprus all fare ok without stain but I think they do better with stain. All uncoated wood exposed to the elements will turn grey. This process usually starts within a few months.
 
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Old 09-03-19, 02:55 PM
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I'm surprised after 20 years you say the fence looks very good after power wash. I agree with Marksr put something on it.
 
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Old 09-03-19, 03:52 PM
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I suspect the fence was aggressively pressure washed and removed the top layer of wood exposing fresh wood underneath.
 
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Old 09-04-19, 09:09 AM
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I think Mark is right. I did really blast it. I will stain it, but not sure when, as I have a LOT of fence, and not a lot of free time.
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