For Best Results including Appearance, Longevity of Protection and Ease of Application, please take note of the following steps and tips:
Determine how much stain you will need:
A typical new western red cedar or pressure treated pine fence will require approximately 1 gallon of CaraPro for every 200 square feet (sqft) of wood surface area. An example calculation can be done from your fence installers’ estimate which may detail your linear feet of fence to be installed and the fence height.
So if we take 100 linear feet of fence that is 6 feet high: This kind of install will also have a post every 8’ or so (each post ~ 9 sqft area), plus one at the start and one at the end of the fence. Our calculation then looks as follows:
100’ length x 6’ high x 2 sides + 14 posts x 9 sqft = (1200 + 126) sqft.
Project total = 1326 sqft. Stain needed = 1326 (sqft) / 200 (sqft/gal)…… rounded up to 7 gallons
Note: If you are installing a rot-board or top cap don’t forget to add in that extra area to ensure you have enough sealer / stain for your entire project.
Cover all surrounding areas with painters plastic and keep in place using adhesive tape such as 3M Scotch Blue during application. Protect plants/ greenery as they may become discolored by the pigments.
Prepare the surface carefully to get the best results
As with all projects, you have to take care and consideration into adequate surface preparation and cleaning. The surface should be completely clean and ideally have a moisture content below 30% (Dry to the touch). A clean surface is free of dust, dirt, oil, and grease.
NEW FENCES – Ensure it is free of all dirt, mold / other debris. Ensure wood moisture content is below 30%.
OLD FENCES – Old fences need to be checked to see if there is another coating already applied. This can be done by putting a small amount of water on the wood and then looking to see if it beads or does not soak in within a minute or so. If this is the case, a previous stain or sealer has been applied and must be removed properly to application of CaraPro. The process for removing an old stain is specific to the product used previously. Please contact us for more details on this and have information ready on which product was used. Caustic or acidic strippers, cleaners or brighteners must be carefully neutralized prior to application.
If application is to be done on aged-wood, already exposed to weathering for a long period of time; removal of algae, mold, and mildew is required to maintain a consistent look and maximize performance.
After removing previously applied stains or cleaning, wait until the surface is dry before proceed with application.
DO NOT APPLY WITHOUT PROPER SURFACE PREPARATION. ALL OTHER SEALERS AND STAINS MUST BE FULLY REMOVED BEFORE APPLICATION.
Weather: Be certain that you have at least a 3 hour window before rain, or any other source of water comes into contact with the finished surface. As a general rule, never allow water sprinklers to be aimed or directed at wood.
ALWAYS – Test a small, inconspicuous area to ensure the desired finish is achieved.
Avoid Overspray / Spillages – Do Not Allow Product To Come Into Contact With Porous Surfaces – Like Concrete. Any Porous Surface Coming Into Contact With Product Will Be Permanently Stained. If any area is unintentionally exposed to the stain, immediately wipe off and carefully flush porous surfaces with denatured alcohol.
SHAKE WELL BEFORE USE & AT LEAST EVERY 30 MINUTES DURING USE. NEVER THIN, MIX OR ADD TO OTHER PRODUCTS
Combine and mix multiple containers together to ensure a consistent stain color.
APPLY ONE EVEN COAT ALONG THE WOOD GRAIN – For standard vertically oriented fence boards, spray from the top down with approx. 1 -2 inches of overlap. For horizontally installed boards, start from the top board, apply along the individual board with approx. 1 -2 inches of overlap and move down to the next immediate board below it, working your way down to the last board at ground level. It is best to apply CaraPro to one section (post to post) of a fence at a time.
Intricate work and smooth to semi-smooth surfaces: Use a foam brush, high density, closed cell foam roller cover or stain pad. Rougher surfaces: Use a high density, knit polyester roller cover
A suitable, methanol compatible, Air-Sprayer or Airless- Sprayer may be used. A basic hand pump sprayer can be purchased from most hardware / paint supply stores. The recommended tip orifice size varies depending on your exact setup and pressure used. In general a 0.013 – 0.019 inch tip orifice size will work for most applications.
If too much stain is applied to a certain area, it may be back-brushed or use a stain-pad to get a consistent finish. To ensure that there is minimal variation in stain color, this should be done within 5 minutes of the first application.
CaraPro is moisture sensitive; keep container tightly closed when not in use. Do not allow to freeze. Store in a cool (less than 85 F), well- ventilated area, out of direct-sunlight. For disposal of empty containers and unused product, please contact your local refuse collection service.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER FINISHING APPLICATION: Clean / flush / wipe down all equipment and tools with denatured alcohol. Do not allow product to dry before cleaning.