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.

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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.

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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