So often we fence guys and girls hear this question, "How long should I wait before staining my new wood fence?" The answers you will hear about the wait time for staining a fence can be across the board. I have heard 30 days, 3 months and even a year. Unfortunately you hear different answers to this question because people are just giving you a answer when they really don't know. The truth is a time table can't be given to this answer. But this is what we do know! The wood needs to be dry and in a state to be able to absorb the stain. There are many factors that determine the amount of time it takes a fresh wood fence to dry out. Some of these factors can be how much sun does the wood receive, what is the weather like, how much has it rained; what time of year it is, and so on.
Here is our suggestion. Take a little water and put it on your wood fence, if it beads up it is not ready, but if the wood absorbs the water it is ready for stain. Hope this helps as you work hard to preserve and maintain your wood fence!