I just installed a new fence and now it's supposed to rain every day for 10 straight days. Woohoo!!

The stain guys can't come out for 5 weeks. And the fence is not supposed to be stained for at least 2 weeks. Right now my poor expensive new fence is soaking up rain water. I'm worried these downpours are going to destroy my new fence.

Is there anything I can do to protect my fence from getting destroyed in the meantime?

Fence Notes:

8ft cedar, board on board
Has a top cap, double trim, and washer head screws
126 linear feet of unstained fence.

  • Would you be so kind to provide the wood, height, and rough length of the fence?
    – Chris
    Aug 12, 2016 at 22:47
  • @chris Updated question Aug 12, 2016 at 22:48
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    the wood could be finished immediately if it weren't for the rain. That being said, you should sand it before finishing whether it's same day or two months down the road. I've seen cedar decks last for a decade when untreated in a four seasons climate. What I'm getting at is you don't have to worry.
    – Chris
    Aug 12, 2016 at 22:53
  • How should it be sanded? Grit, machine sand, light sand? Aug 13, 2016 at 0:36
  • you're working with a bit of fence, generally the stain with state how to prep the wood for the finish. In the even that it doesn't, the quick (it works well, but not recommended way) is to sand it with an orbital sander to a finish grit higher (finer) than 100, preferably 120-150 and blow it off with an air compressor.
    – Chris
    Aug 13, 2016 at 17:02

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Cedar does not need to be stained, if you don't mind it weathering to gray; that's part of the point of using cedar.

Or you can stain it after it has dried out a bit.

No rush.

  • Don't even have to wait, cedar will always take stain from day one.
    – Chris
    Aug 13, 2016 at 16:59
  • @chris: Yeah, but staining in the rain is unpleasant, and staining before/during installation is not always practical.
    – keshlam
    Aug 13, 2016 at 17:02
  • ahh hah. I figured you meant the wood naturally drying out, not from the rain!
    – Chris
    Aug 13, 2016 at 17:04

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