How to Preserve Wood Posts

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Wood posts on your fence and deck will grey and fade, then rot and crack. Prevent this from occurring by properly treating and maintaining your wood structures. Stain or paint your wood posts with the proper coating to add years of life and fresh appeal. The process may seem like a hassle, but it will greatly increase the life and durability of your fence or deck and save you the cost of replacing rotted wood.

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Things you need

  • Paint brush or roller
  • Exterior oil stain with UV protection and mildew protection
  • Sealer (some paints/stains have sealer already mixed in)

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    Make sure the post is dry. Check your local forecast to make sure there will be no rain in the next 24 to 48 hours.

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    Use a roller or paint brush to apply your choice of paint or stain. Rollers cover a larger area faster, but a brush will allow you to get hard-to-reach spots. Move your brush in the same direction as the wood grain for the best coating. Stain with added protection for ultraviolet light and mildew is recommended. The sun and mould are very damaging to any type of wood, so extra protection will benefit your post in the long run.

  3. 3

    Allow wood to soak in as much of the stain as possible. If your stain does not have sealer mixed in, you will have to apply your own. Two coats of sealer will protect your finish and add more life to your stain.

  4. 4

    Repeat the process every two to three years. Weather, sunlight and other natural factors will continue to eat away at your wood posts, deck and fence. Reapplying stain will help maintain the wood and slow these processes.

Tips and warnings

  • If you tire of maintaining wood products, invest in maintenance-free products like vinyl or composite material. These are more expensive than wood but will last much longer and require much less maintenance.

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