How To Easily Restore a Fence


It’s easy to jump to conclusions and want to replace your grey, UV-damaged fence panels after the turbulent seasons have made a mockery of your garden.

But if your back-garden timber has resisted crashing down into your neighbour’s pond during some of our most aggressive winter months and just been bleached during the UK’s hottest day on record instead – then this cost-effective wood reviver guide is perfect for you!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Not sure how much of the miracle-working wood reviver you need? Use our free-to-use calculator.

Barrettine Wood Reviver and our favourite red fox Labrador

Step-By-Step Guide

Step 1 – Plants

Cover all plants to avoid them from getting damaged by the wood reviver.

Step 2 – Hose Down

Give your fence a good rinse with the hose and avoid using a jet wash.

Step 3 – Get Ready

Give the wood reviver a good shake, decant the formula into a director’s pot or paint tray, put your gloves on and any other protective equipment you feel is necessary.

Step 4 – Application

Apply the fence restoring formula generously with a brush or roller to your fence panel.

Step 5 – Scrub

Now scrub the wood reviver into the fence using a wet stiff brush. We recommend having a bucket by your side so you can dip the brush into the bucket frequently.

Scrub the formula into the fence

For large areas, work in 2m² sections to avoid the reviver drying before rinsing, if you notice the section you’re working on is drying, give it a quick rinse with the hose.

Once complete, leave it for 20 minutes to dry.

Step 6 – Scrub again!

Rinse off with a hose, scrub again with the stiff brush and leave for 24 hours to dry.

Step 7 – Chosen coat

Now it’s time to get that all important preserver and/or topcoat on, not only have a protected fence, but a stylish one too.

Next Steps

To further protect your fence, we suggest the Barrettine Premier Universal Preserver. This solvent-based product is wax-free and provides excellent protection from insects, rot and blue stain. With low odour and versatile use, this preserver will improve your fences longevity and keep it looking great.

Top Coats

Why not go a step further and add a fresh lick of colour?

Depending on the finish you are wanting to achieve, there are multiple options for topcoats.

If you are wanting to provide ultimate protection on your timbe, consider using the Barrettine Wood Protective Treatment. This top-coat provides enhanced UV protection by penetrating the wood and treating from the inside. With fade-resistance and mould-prevention, this advanced formula will keep your fence full of life and colour!

If you are interested in a clear oil, we recommend the new Manns Premier Fence Oil. This multi-purpose solvent-based oil protects against weather damage and wood greying, whilst reducing the risk of splitting, cracking and warping. This exclusive formula is a new release from Manns, who host a range of high-quality wood finishing products.

How about a fresh lick of paint?

Touch dry in just 1 hour and up to 6 years protection, the Cuprinol Garden Shades paint is a consumer favourite. This water-based paint comes in a range of vibrant shades and can be used on variety of different projects. Perfect for sheds, fences and summerhouses, this low-odour paint is easy to apply and wax-free.

Image: Fence painted in Cuprinol Garden Shades in Black Ash

Any questions?

Not sure if you should stain or paint your fence now? Read our article Should I Paint or Stain a Fence?

Or if you just need some more help and advice, give our woodcare experts a call on 01303 477527.


  1. I found some used 20′ untreated beams for $16 each, assuming they aren’t dirty (have concrete, oil, or other chemicals on them). How can I treat these to be used to frame a deck? Talking to contractors here across the pond, the quality of commercially pressure treated wood is only lasting 10 years verses 20-30 years last century. Central Georgia weather isn’t as extreme as your’s.


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