Staining & Sealing Western Red Cedar Fences
Western Red Cedar will last for many years without any additional treatment. As with any other natural wood, Cedar will start to darken and turn the familiar grayish color that we associate with wood fences. You may notice some fences that retain that new look. These fences have been treated with a wood stain. There are many brands of stain available. Most stains are generic and are not made for a specific type of wood. All-State Fence & Supply highly recommends Wood Defender for those wishing to maintain that new look for their Cedar fence. Wood Defender is not only a stain; it is also a sealant. Wood Defender performed extensive research and formulated stains which create longer lasting, transparent finishes on Western Red Cedar.
There are two types of Wood Defender stain available:
Transparent Fence Stain:
This fence stain was created with a customized formula designed with finely ground trans-oxide pigments allowing all wood grain to be visible while also providing excellent U.V. protection. All-State Fence highly recommends this stain for those who do not want to block the natural grain of the Western Red Cedar lumber on newly built fences. The transparent fence stain is backed by a two year manufacturer warranty.
“Semi-Transparent” Wood Defender stain:
This fence stain utilizes opaque pigments which offer unparalleled ultra-violet protection while still allowing wood grain to be visible. The Semi-Transparent stain contains more pigments than the Transparent Stain. This will cause some of the natural grain in Western Red Cedar to be covered up. The Semi-Transparent stain will change the color of the natural Cedar look. This stain is also recommended for re-stain jobs in which the cedar is faded and has blemishes. This stain is backed by a three year manufacturer warranty.
All-State Fence & Supply carries a full line of “Wood Defender” products, and we have samples displayed in our “Fence Showrooms” in Amarillo, Lubbock and Midland/Odessa.
“Transparent” Stain (available shades):
- Cedar Tone ● Clear Glow ● Oxford Brown ●Sequoia
“Semi-Transparent” Stain (available shades):
- Coffee Brown ● Sable Brown ● Sierra ●Rustic Oak
Staining & Sealing Decks, Arbors, Gazebos and Siding
Wood Defender is highly recommended for staining and weather proofing decks, arbors, gazebos and any type of siding constructed with Redwood or Western Red Cedar.
Staining White Wood Fences (Pine, Spruce, Fir)
All-State Fence & Supply highly recommends “Semi-Transparent” Wood Defender stain for those wishing to maintain that new look for their White Wood fence. Since the lifespan of White Wood is a lot shorter than Cedar; it needs the extra pigment in the Semi-Transparent stain in order to extend the life of White Wood fences.
SEALANTS – HOW MUCH?
There are two types of “Wood Defender” stains. One is “Transparent” and one is “Semi-Transparent”. The transparent stain will cover 135 square feet per gallon. The semi-transparent stain will cover 175 square feet per gallon.
In order to estimate the amount of material you need to stain your fence, multiply the total linear footage times the height of the fence. If you want to stain both sides of the fence then double this number. You now have the total square footage of the fence. Each gallon of “Wood Defender” transparent stain will cover 135 square feet. Simply divide your total square footage by 135 (175 for semi-transparent) to find the number of gallons you need. We carry “Wood Defender” stain in 1 gallon and 5 gallon cans.
If you would like a “Professional” to apply this stain to your fence, then we recommend that you call Southwest Fence Staining at 806-632-5309 in Lubbock & Amarillo, or, in Midland/Odessa call (432) 684-5448 (www.swstaining.com) for a free estimate.
|Both Sides||x 2′|
|Total Square Footage||= 2880′ sq.|
|1 Gallon Square Footage (Transparent)||/ 135′ sq.|
|Total Gallons Needed||= 21.3|