We’re going to be pressure washing a fence is going to be standing in a fence. It isn’t good. We’re going to make things brand new again, pressure washing it, stripping it, and then restarting it with a pressure washer.
We’re going to get ready to do the fence. I’m going to be a pressure fence. I’m going to be using a rotating nozzle. I get a lot of questions and comments when I use the nozzle. People were saying you’re just tearing up and damaging the fence. Now, I’ve been doing fences, the method that I’ve been using for over ten years, the fences that we, the rough sand cedar. I’m going to give you a close-up look at the fence and what it looks good at.
It’s rough cedar. You’re not going to damage the wood. It strips agitated nasal strips. The wood gets off the previous coating and makes the fence look unique and brand new. So we’re not damaging the fence. Yeah, you can do damage with the nozzle if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you get too close to the surface, we use pressure washing and power washing houses. If you get too close, you could damage a house, but use the circular motion.
It agitates. It cleans a lot faster, and it strips a lot better than you could do damage with a flat nozzle or a straight nozzle if you get too close to the surface, too. So it’s just a matter of using your tools properly. So I’m going to get going on the fence. I got a side of it that has never been staying before, so it’s going to be fast and easy stripping it, making it look good. The other side’s been staying with a semi-transparent stain.
Hopefully, we can be using a solid color stain. We got to check with the subdivision and ours and see if we can do that. Solid color stains last about three times longer than semi-transparent stains. So, in the long run, it’s going to save your client money because they’re not going to have to redo their fence as often. I’ve done solid color stains on fences. Five years later. They still look good in Idaho.
I’m not going to be using any chemicals on the fence. Now, if you have an issue with mold and mildew, you could use bleach or an air conditioner. Is Breitner to clean the fence first? Put it, allow it to clean and brighten, and then strip the fence. Let’s get on with the process, cleaning the fence to make it look brand new again. All right. I’m going to get ready to start pressure washing.
A couple of things to get your pressure washer prime, kind of like an airless hose, get all the air or sprayer or get all the air out of it first, and it’ll get going a lot faster. So I’ve got my hose pressure washer almost primed. I’m going to be using gloves, and I also do wear eye protection. So I’ve got my safety glasses on, and I’ll begin pressure washing. I am now pulling the start. Just make sure you’re pulling the trigger, and it’s a lot easier to start your pressure washer.
All right, we’re just cruising right along, doing the pressure washing. I’m going to give you some tips and tricks, pressure washing. Now, the backside is extremely gray and kind of black, and it’s dropping pretty fast. You don’t want to step sideways. If their pickets are going up and down, you want to step up and down. Otherwise, if you’re doing a semi-transparent thing, you’re probably going to the cross stripe.
Another crosshatching of where you’re stripping and pressure washing. So always go with the grain, with the pickets. I’m going up and down. I’m trying to do it and up the picket, down the picket, have it completely stripped, and then move on to the next picket on the opposite side. I’m shooting an angle because I don’t want to be shooting directly at the house, getting wood fibers all over the house. But we’ll just if we need to clean the side of the house after we’re done, pressure washing the fans down, pressure washing, stripping one side, going back, stripping the other side and then going back and cleaning the opposite side, that throws fibers on the other side.
I’ve got big gaps in between the pickets, so I’ve got to do the edges of it, too. We are going to be doing a fence in a solid color stain. So the opposite side, which was stained probably two years ago, you can’t strip that off. So it’s going to be a lot better if it’s done with a solid color stain. I like doing solid color stains once a fence has been stained multiple times, and it won’t like a new and natural fit. Has it been maintained and maintained very well?
Just interesting. This fence wasn’t done very well. Only one side of it was done and not the opposite side, which adds to the dilemma. But it’s stripping quick screws. Wrong. Once again, I don’t use any chemicals, any strippers, any conditioners, or anything. I wouldn’t say I like using that around customers, plants, the grass, the house, and stuff. I know many of them are environmentally safe and sensitive, but I just like doing it with just water alone.
I thought maybe some people might question if we are doing a solid color stain, and you know, why the heck are we stripping it, stripping all gray and black off and all this old wood? And if you’re going to go over it right. With a solid color stain, because you’re not going to see any of that stuff, it’s going to cover it all. Taking off all loose wood fibers and all black and green will help the penetration of the product and the adhesion of the product that we’re going to be putting on.
We want to get down to a nice, good sound surface, not one that’s extremely dry and flaky. You want to strip this, clean it well, and then begin the staining process.