Easy DIY: Refinish Your Deck or Fence
A simple way to give your wooden fence, porch, or deck a face-lift is to clean and treat it with a waterproofer stain. According to Wilson, DIY-ers should be able to handle about 400 square feet in a single weekend.
Start by applying deck cleaner to the wood, allowing it to sit for 10 minutes before working it in with a stiff, bristled brush. Rinse thoroughly, wait for it to dry, and then apply the waterproofer stain. (Make sure to read all of the product directions for accurate drying times.)
When picking a waterproofer, the rule of thumb, says Wilson, is that products with more pigment will last longer. So a clear waterproofer might last only one or two years, while it’s more like two to three years for a tinted version. A semi-transparent stain will last four to five years, and a solid stain should work for more than five years.
Total DIY time: 2 days.
Price: $150 for the tools, cleaner, and waterproofer stain.