Redwood is arguably the most extensively used type of wood for wood fencing and even though it comes at a high cost, redwood’s quality, durability, and aesthetic value make it among the best options. Although redwood is resistant to insects and rot, it still should be treated with a stain, preferably clear stain, to preserve its natural beauty, prevent it from turning grayish in color due to aging, and boost its resistance to insects and rot. Constant moisture, freezing, thawing, and dry conditions can damage redwood.
To effectively apply wood stain to redwood, let it weather for a while for the oils to dry out or rough saw the wood to stain it right away. Use quality wood brightener and cleaner to prepare the surface and if necessary, sand the wood after it dries to remove any mill glaze that might restrict penetration of stain. Apply a wood stain recommended for redwood. A transparent and penetrating stain offers the best results; it enhances the natural beauty and eliminates weathering. Remember to apply only as much stain as can be handled by the wood and if after about 15 minutes the stain has not yet been absorbed, wipe off the excess stain. Apply sealant after the stain is completely dry.
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