Re-Staining An Old Gate
Posted By
Stacy Risenmay
Friday, June 21, 2019
Materials Needed: 
  • Stain
  • Super Finish Max
  • Tarp
  • Mineral Spirits

Project Steps


I recently updated my secret garden and so I also needed to update the garden gates. After 8 years of being in the elements, they were looking pretty sad. Some of the the stain had completely worn away and what was left was very faded. With the help of the Super Finish Max, I was able to refresh the old gates and have them looking new in no time at all!

Step 1

The first thing I did was remove the hardware. It was very faded but a coat of black spray paint had them looking like new and ready to be added again when the gate was done.

Step 2

After the hardware was off, I sanded both sides of the gates. Since I was going to be staining them the same color, I did not have to sand all the way down to the bare wood. I sanded enough so that the chips of flaking stain were removed and the wood was again smooth. 

Step 3

Usually I use a damp rag to remove the dust after sanding but there was a lot of dust and these gate are so large, that I decided to just hose them off. I propped them up against the fence to dry.

Step 4

Once the wood was completely dry I draped a plastic tarp over the fence to protect it from any overspray and leaned the gates against the tarp. I filled the Super Finish Max with a dark brown stain and sprayed them. When the first side was dry, I turned them over and sprayed the other side. Make sure to clean the sprayer as soon as you are done. If the stain used was oil based, then use mineral spirits. 

Step 5

I'm really happy with how the dark brown stain looks against the greenery on the fence! This was such a quick and easy 1 day project. 

How to Easily Stain a Wooden Garden Gate, Furniture or Outdoor Decor Using a HomeRight Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer

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