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Bronson2017
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Do you have to pressure wash before staining?
Hello Home/Garden Board.

I have had my pressure treated pine fence for just under a year now and I am looking to stain it. I have probably waited longer than I should have but I wanted to wait until I got a airless sprayer to apply the stain.

I have been on YouTube looking at tutorial videos for this and a couple mention pressure washing to clean the fence before applying stain. Have any of you done this?

Also wait stain do you prefer? Water based or oil based?


gumbo2176
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re: Do you have to pressure wash before staining?
Kind of depends on how dirty/mildewed the fence got over that year. It WILL have dirt on it since those boards are mostly on the rough side and not real smooth to begin with.

Personally, I would wash it first, let it dry thoroughly and then stain with a water based product. That way it won't hurt your, or your neighbors grass/shrubs near the fence like oil based products could because there will be overspray. Plus, it may penetrate just a tad better being water based.


ItzMe1972
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re: Do you have to pressure wash before staining?
All painting/staining comes down to prep.

If you don't pressure wash, give it a good Jomax treatment and hose off with nozzle.



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awestruck
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re: Do you have to pressure wash before staining?
Plus in a year when you decide it needs PW you won't be washing off your stain.


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Bronson2017
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re: Do you have to pressure wash before staining?
Would you wash it by just running the cleaner through the pressure washer?


gumbo2176
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re: Do you have to pressure wash before staining?
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Would you wash it by just running the cleaner through the pressure washer?

Jomax is my go-to cleaner before prepping and painting almost anything exterior.

Just mix according to directions in one of those pump up garden sprayers and apply to the fence. Then come back with a garden hose and rinse it off. If using a pressure washer, stand far enough back to not tear up the wood on the fence.


TU Rob
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re: Do you have to pressure wash before staining?
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Then come back with a garden hose and rinse it off. If using a pressure washer, stand far enough back to not tear up the wood on the fence.


Also since it isn't that old, you may not need to use a pressure washer. Using one on untreated wood (not painted or stained) can damage it slightly if you get too close. I would spray Jomax on it, maybe hit it with a stiff brush, and get a spray nozzle for your hose and rinse it off with that. Let it dry out for a day or so and then stain it. We had a new deck built last fall, and they did come back after a few weeks (to let the wood shrink some first) and they lightly pressure washed it all before staining.


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