How to Stain Your Wood Driveway Gate
A Step-by-Step Guide to Staining a Wooden Driveway Gate
What you'll need
- Sand Paper
- Drop Cloth
- A Wood Stain (or paint)
- Paint Roller
- Painter's Tape
- Tack Cloth <li? Paint Brush
- Pressure Washer (if needed)
Step 1: Prepping Your Surface
You will need to start with a clean surface that is free of as much dirt and debris as you can. For some fences, a pressure washer may come into play at this stage of the process. You will need to remove any paint or stain left over from the original application.Remove the paint and sand the gate with sandpaper, starting with a coarse grit (around 180) and working your way down to around 400 grit.
Step 2. Mind the Weather
namely- make sure to check your local forecast so that you don't waste time preparing the wooden driveway gate only have all of your hard work ruined by something like rain. Staining over a dry surface also allows the stain to dry and seal the wood properly.
Step 3. Choosing the Correct Stain
Try to match the color of the existing stain as much as possible so that your wooden driveway gate door doesnt stand out too much in contrast from the gate itself. Make sure to choose and exterior wood stain which protects against UV< water and more.
Step 4: Apply Stain
Set our your handy drop cloth, newspaper, or other barrier to protect your driveway. Use a tack cloth or microfiber cloth to wipe away any dust or dirt that may have accumulated. Apply the stain to your wooden driveway gates making sure to go with the grain of the wood. For best results, use a paint roller, however, for those difficult-to-reach places, a small, hand held paintbrush will work fine. The main objective here is to minimize the amount and direction of the brush strokes you must use to finish the gate. Since you are using a stain- brush strokes tend to stand out and can cause an unsightly mess.
Avoid getting stain on or in the hardware of the gate mechanism.
*** Important: If you choose to use a paint- you will follow these same instructions, however, make sure to use a good primer when painting a fence gate. We suggest a high quality oil or latex based primer/paint for the longest lasting results.
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