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Old 04-30-2010, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Seymour TN
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I want to coat our wood fence with a protectant....what's the best stuff? It was coated with something when it was put in (over a year ago) but you couldn't see it. Is there anything to paint onto it that I'll be able to see? to protect it against bugs, weather.... thanks.
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:09 AM
 
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Outside wood can be protected against the elements with either Spar Varnish or Spar Urethane. It must reapplied every year. I am not sure it protects against bugs.
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:19 AM
 
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dont waste your money like i did. stain it cedar color or just replace it when it gets too old
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Old 04-30-2010, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Seymour TN
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why'd you waste your money, the varnish stuff didn't work? I know cedar keeps termites away, does it smell like cedar? why would the color keep them away?
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Old 04-30-2010, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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it's not the color, it's the taste.

If you want to redo your fence, you should treat it with a cleaner. Oxalic acid, I think, and then use a stain or wood sealer (like Thompson's). Stains can be colored, and Thompson's comes in a few colors as well. I've seen three, other than the plain clear sealers. We deal pretty exclusively with Behr products as far as the cleaners go, and I didn't pay attention to what was in each of them. I just remember them telling us what each of them was used for.
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:12 PM
 
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The longest lasting is oil-based pigmented paint, followed by semi-transparent stain. The fully transparent deck/fence stains & spar varnishes both require a lot more upkeep and only last like 2 or 3 yrs.
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I double checked.

The wood prep we sell DOES contain oxalic acid, I was right about that.
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:41 AM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Thompsons water seal also works, something about it bugs don't like.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:58 AM
 
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why'd you waste your money, the varnish stuff didn't work? I know cedar keeps termites away, does it smell like cedar? why would the color keep them away?
No, cedar color compliments greens thats why i recommend that stain.
I have spent $150+ on water sealers and while the wood still repels water after 3 years, the fence is ugly gray white white spots (knots).
I did stain the inside of the fence as allowed by the HOA and it still looks great from that side
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