Has your wood fence developed small cracks over the years? If so, you already know what a drastic impact these cracks can have on the way your fence looks. However, what you may not know is that repairing these cracks can be a relatively simple process which you can complete on your own in a single afternoon. In order to complete this task, simply follow the steps outlined below.
What You Will Need
- Stiff-bristled brush
- Rotary tool
- Fine-grit sandpaper and sanding block
- Wood putty
- Putty knife
- Wood stain or exterior paint
Step #1: Prep The Area For Repairs
It is important to remove all debris and dead wood from the area before performing any repairs. Begin by removing any dead wood from inside the crack using a rotary tool to reach deep into the crack. Next, you will need to sand the area surrounding the crack to remove any damaged wood. Finally, using a stiff-bristled brush, sweep away all of the wood dust and other debris from the surface of your fence.
Step #2: Fill Crack With Wood Putty
Using wood putty, begin to fill in all of the cracks in your fence with the help of an appropriately sized putty knife. Be sure to use the putty knife to reach deep into the cracks in order to achieve the longest lasting repair patch possible. Once the crack is completely filled, use the edge of your putty knife to smooth out the surface of your repair.
After completing your repair patch, you will need to allow ample time for the putty to dry completely before moving on to the next step. Not all wood putty will dry at the same rate so be sure to check the instructions that accompanies your putty to determine how long your specific product will require to dry.
Step #3: Apply The Finishing Touches
Once your putty has dried completely, you will need to apply a few finishing touches to ensure your fence is looking its best and is protected against future damage. In order to do this, begin by sanding the repaired area until it is completely smooth. Finally, apply a fresh coat of wood stain or paint to the entire fence panel in order to seal it against future moisture damage, such as cracking. While you can choose to paint over just the repaired area, you may experience color variations when choosing to use this alternative to painting your entire fencing panel.
If the cracks are too much for repair, contact professionals to replace the fence, such as those from City Wide Fence Co.