To stain a fence, apply stain to the surface area of the fence with a regular-sized roller, and then use smaller tools to stain hard-to-reach areas. Use a long-lasting, oil-based stain.
- Cover the surrounding surfaces
Lay a painter's dropcloth along the bottom edge of the fence.
- Apply sealer
Apply a wood-preserving sealer to the entire surface area of the fence before you stain. Give the sealer time to dry.
- Stain all open surfaces
Apply stain to a 1/2-inch nap roller, and use it to stain the easy-to-reach surfaces of the fence.
- Stain hard-to-reach spots
Use a 4-inch roller and various-sized paintbrushes to stain the cracks and hard-to-reach areas of the fence.