Has your wood fence begun to crack due to water damage, extreme temperatures, or old age? If so, you should know that you can easily repair this damage yourself without the need to spend a small fortune in the process.
In order to complete this task, simply gather the required supplies and complete each of the steps outlined below.
- rotary tool
- sandpaper and sanding block
- stiff bristled brush
- wood putty
- putty knife
- wood stain or exterior paint
Step 1: Remove Old And Damaged Materials
Before any repairs can be made, you will need to remove all old paint or stain, dead wood, dirt, and debris from the damaged area. This can be done using a rotary tool and some sandpaper.
Begin by using your rotary tool to reach inside of any cracks to clean away any debris and dead wood that is inside. Next, using a handheld sanding block, sand the entire area surrounding the damage in order to remove debris and paint from the surface. Once the area is completely clean, use your stiff bristled brush to get rid of any sawdust that has settled on the surface of your fence.
Step 2: Fill Cracks With Wood Putty
Now that your fence is ready for repairs, you will need to fill in each crack or hole with a generous amount of wood putty. Using a small putty knife, be sure to reach deep the putty deep into each crack in order to ensure a long lasting repair.
After each crack has been completely filled in, you will need to allow ample time for the putty to dry before moving forward with the repair process. The amount of drying time required will vary from one product to the next so be sure to consult the packaging that came along with your wood putty to determine how much time your putty will need to cure properly.
Once the putty is dry, use a fine grit sandpaper to sand the repaired area until it is completely smooth.
Step 3: Apply Wood Stain Or Paint
Your final step in the repair process will be to apply a fresh coat of wood stain or paint. Not only will this allow your new repairs to blend with the rest of your fence, but it will also provide an important barrier against moisture that could result in future damage to your fencing materials.
This repair process above is easy to follow and extremely effective when repairing minor damage to your wood fence. However, if you are dealing with more severe damage, this damage may need to be addressed by a professional and may even require the replacement of one or more of your fencing panels. When dealing with this type of severe damage, be sure to contact a reputable fencing contractor in your area to inspect the damage before attempting any DIY repairs.
To learn more, or if you have other questions, contact a company like All Counties Fence and Supply.