Ask the Experts How to Rejuvinate your Garden Fence


How to Rejuvinate your Garden Fence

I have a timber fence which is 30 yards long. This is its third season but it's never been painted with anything and it has gone white from weather and sun. I would like to use an oil to bring it back to the natural timber look. Could you tell me what I need to do and what product  I could use. 

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Sikkens Cetol HLS Plus


A low build, solvent-borne, semi-gloss woodstain. Can be used both as a base stain and as a finishing coat.

This product offers a coverage of up to 12m² per litre. 


Timber to be treated should be clean, dry and free from any dust, dirt, debris and surface coatings such as paint or varnish.

In this case, as the timber is bare;

  • Resinous deposits should be removed with a scraper.
  • If any section of the fence is damaged or decayed, this must be removed and replaced, cutting at least 25mm into sound timber.
  • Make sure the wood is sanded back to a sound substrate 
  • Any remaining residues should be removed by wiping the surface with a lint-free cloth dampened with methylated spirits.
  • Allow solvent to evaporate fully before application.
  • Do not use on substrates or wood preservatives which have water-repellent properties, i.e. products or timbers that contain silicone or waxes.

Always do a test area before starting any project to assess product suitability and final finish. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the tin at all times. Ensure tin is stirred thoroughly before and during application. 

  • As a standalone product, usually for rough sawn timber such as cladding, or for you, fencing, apply 3 coats.
  • Apply 1 coat with a good quality, long haired, natural bristle brush in a full flowing coat, laying off in the direction of the grain, using the minimum number of brush strokes necessary
  • Leave to dry for 24 hours before applying the next coat. 

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