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A Guide to Painting your Fence

Posted on October 01,2018 by Charlie Stimpson.

If you’re having new garden fencing installed, or you need to maintain your current fencing, painting it with a protective stain or paint is key. Painting fence panels stops them from looking grey and washed out, and it also protects them against the elements.

Ready to protect your new fencing from rot and wood burrowing pests? Here’s a step by step guide to how to paint your fence.

When to Paint your Fence?

Your wooden fence panels need to be completely dry before you start painting them, so choose a time after a dry spell. Furthermore, avoid very hot days, as this could dry the paint out before it has a chance to penetrate and protect the wood. Crisp, autumn days are ideal, before the wet weather of winter sets in.

If you are using a paint sprayer to paint your fence, then it’s good sense to avoid very windy days. Otherwise you might end up painting more than you bargained for!

Step 1

If you are painting an existing fence rather than a brand new one, check your fence panels for any damage. If necessary, instruct a professional fencing company to straighten any fence posts and replace any cracked or rotten fence panels. There is no point in painting fencing which is already showing signs of wear and tear, and may not survive any wet or cold weather.

Step 2

Whether you are painting a new or existing fence, you’ll need to prepare the wood before using any paint or stain. Firstly, get rid of any dirt using a stiff brush. If you need to remove algae, dip the brush in diluted all purpose cleaner and scrub it clean. Remember to allow your fence panel to dry before painting it.

If you’re painting an existing fence which has previously been painted, sand down any flaky areas. You may wish to use a power sander on any large areas.

Step 3

Cover any surrounding areas, including plants, with dust sheets. Trim back any unwanted foliage as necessary, and pin back any climbing plants using plant ties and canes.

If you have concrete posts, cover these before painting, especially if you’re using a paint sprayer. Wooden posts can, and should, be painted to protect them from the elements, too. Metal work, such as hinges and handles on wooden gates, should be covered with masking tape and / or plastic bags. You may even wish to unscrew handles so as to give a really professional and neat finish.

Step 4

Read the instructions on the paint product, and stir or shake accordingly. Then, if you’re using a paint brush or roller, apply thick, even coats following the grain of the timber. For any end grains, such as those which occur at the top of the posts, dab the brush onto these areas to ensure that the paint soaks into the wood.

If you’re using a paint sprayer, read the instructions to choose the most suitable spray option. Use long, sweeping, horizontal arm movements, holding the nozzle approximately 15cms away from the fence panel, to cover your fence panels and get the best results. Work down your fence, and overlap each row by about 50% so that you can ensure an even coverage throughout.

Once done, re-read the paint instructions to see whether a second coat is required, and apply a second coat if need be!

Painting your fence panels really is the best way to look after fencing, both new and old. However, if you do need to replace fence panels or smarten up your hard landscaping, contact D&G Fencing. We are happy to install and maintain fencing in Hornchurch, Upminster and Brentwood to keep the gardens of Essex looking their best!