I'm looking to benefit from the accumulated years of experience on the forum for my own benefit if possible. A year or two ago we had new fencing erected around our property which I stained with a creosote substitute. This was done to save on costs with no particular thought given to down the line. Now I'm down the line and have kids and pets wanting to play in the garden and hang off the fencing and doing so can often leave the oily residue you associate with the product, especially in the warmer weather when they all want to run around outside. My question is.... What can I do to allow me to cover over it with a conventional stain such as Ronseal, etc? I realise that the oily nature of the creosote substitute will present problems with something taking hold or penetrating the boards but if there's something I can do is like to consider it. The fencing has been up for up to 2 years and there's around 50m of the stuff up to 2m in height at some points. The boards have thankfully weathered some since the original application and aren't as greasy but are still quite bad in the less exposed parts. Wishing I'd never been so tight in the first place now as I realise it's going to involve some hard work and money now to reverse my initial decision. Any and all help appreciated.