Wood Gate Maintenance

Garden Passages highly recommends regular gate maintenance in order to provide the longest lifespan and best function of your new custom wood gate.  The amount of gate maintenance required will depend on its exposure, orientation, color and frequency of use.  Applying Orange Glo Wood Polish, WD-40 and Lithium Grease to the appropriate areas of your gate may increase its overall lifespan and reduce overall gate maintenance.  See below for specifics regarding your gates and how to use these products.


Stained Gates
If you purchased a stained gate, Garden Passages recommends adding an additional coat of stain once every 12 months.  This stain can be applied directly on top of your existing coats without sanding, assuming you are following a regular gate maintenance routine.  It is recommended that you clean the gate to remove dust, dirt, and debris before applying additional coats of stain.

Painted Gates
If you purchased a painted gate, Garden Passages recommends adding an additional coat of paint once every 24 months.  This paint can be applied directly on top of your existing coat after light sanding and cleaning to remove dust, dirt, and debris.


General Maintenance
Application of Orange Glo Wood Polish to stained gates may help maintain the flexible nature of the coating and reduce the amount of maintenance coats required throughout the gates’ lifetime.  Our customers have reported success using these products as often as once per month.  Applying a light coat of Lithium Grease onto the hinges (especially spring hinges) can help keep them functioning smoothly over the years and can help prevent the build up of corrosion or rust.  If your gate has a lockset, we recommend applying WD-40 to the moving parts every 6 months to prevent sticking.  Once the WD-40 has been applied, cycle the hardware approximately 15 times to promote adequate coverage.