Our new 6' privacy fence is very rough, shaggy, almost furry. We've been told it's best to get the surface smooth before staining both to allow for better absorption and to prevent unevenness when the shag wears/falls off.
Sanding with 36-grit belt sander gummed up the belt quickly so we switched to a power hand planer, then sanding. This is taking forever. Removing the pickets for treatment is not an option. Does anyone have a better idea?
The fence is just off the sidewalk and very visible so we want it to look nice and to be easy to maintain over the years so I'd rather do the hard work on the front end, just wish it wasn't so hard.
I've little experience with wood so any help would be appreciated.