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Old 09-21-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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I have a pressure treated wood fence put up a couple of years ago. We used a transparent stain, but in time the color darkened and showed a lot of unevenness. I'm thinking of stripping and bleaching and then trying again with a semi-transparent stain in a light color, but I'm afraid of having the same darkening/discoloration with time. I was wondering if anyone has been able to maintain a light color on pressure-treated wood (without using a solid stain) for a good amount of time?
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:35 PM
 
Location: central Maine
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if it were me I'd opt for the solid stain. Not sure what affect the bleaching would cause. Sounds like a lot of time without knowing the end result down the road.
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:32 AM
 
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Yes, I'll probably end up doing that, although I really like to see the wood grain. It is a lot of effort to strip and bleach. I could do it once, but I'm afraid I'd have to keep repeating the process every few years to maintain the look.
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Old 09-22-2009, 11:14 AM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Yes, I'll probably end up doing that, although I really like to see the wood grain. It is a lot of effort to strip and bleach. I could do it once, but I'm afraid I'd have to keep repeating the process every few years to maintain the look.
Yes, you would need to redo it on a semi annual basis. The sun will bleach out spots on the wood that did not absorb as much stain, depending on grain the absorbency rate on wood is roughly equal to the natural grain you see, some sections will absorb better than others, a sprayer with raw linseed oil will give good results, tis a lot quicker than a brush.
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:29 AM
 
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I had a similar problem... i painted my fence with behr redwood and the sections of the fence of different ages had different shades. also each can of stain was a slightly different shade (way to go Behr). Also i started getting hardwater spots so i would try to clean and restain those areas and it just made the touch up look more obvious.

I was planning on stripping my fence and restaining a lighter color. I tried pressure washing my fence, didnt work. i was going to bleach it and maybe even put new boards.

so last week i decided what do i have to lose.... i bought wager sprayer and a nice 4" brush and restained the fence with Cabot Redwood Solid stain and the fence looks MUCH MUCH better! I wish i had gone with the solid stain from the start to avoid all that heartache over the last few months.
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