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4 Reasons to Paint Your Garden Fence

Posted on June 21,2021 by Charlie Stimpson.

If you’ve had your garden fencing in place for a while, giving it a coat of paint may be just the thing to revive not just your fencing, but your entire garden too. We look at the benefits of painting your garden fence and try to answer some of the more common questions about painting garden fencing.

1. Change the appearance of your garden

One of the common reasons for painting a garden fence is to update how your garden looks. Changing the colour of your fencing will give you the freedom to complement other features in your garden. You may for example want to match your garden fencing to the colour of your decking, outside furniture or external doors.

2. Mix up the colours

Another reason to paint your garden fence, is to put your own stamp or personality on your garden. You may opt for a timeless feel and colour such as white or tan. Or you may want a unique look and opt for a hot pink or bright blue.

Choosing a lighter colour such as dove grey, or white can flood your garden with light and really open up the space. In contrast, painting your garden fencing in a darker colour; dark greys or steel blues are currently very popular, will make a statement and give your garden a vivid look. A note of caution however - beware of using a strong dark colour if you have a narrow garden as this may make your space feel smaller.

3. Protect your fence

A key benefit to painting your garden fence is that it will give it a layer of protection to help stop it rotting or getting mouldy in our notorious rainy weather. Pick a good quality paint that will create a barrier and help with protection against the elements.

4. Cost effective

Painting garden fencing is more cost effective than staining. Paint is less expensive and generally requires less maintenance than a wood stain. Staining a garden fence needs 2 to 3 coats and is more labour intensive.

How and when to paint a garden fence?

We would always recommend using a specific wood paint for garden fencing as this is strong and durable. A primer or undercoat will give more protection to your fences and reduce the number of times you need to repaint your garden fencing.

The best time of year to paint a garden fence is in the summer when the weather is generally warmer, and your garden fencing has a better chance of setting and drying quickly. You’ll need 24 hours to get the job done, so it’s best to check the weather forecast and avoid painting when it’s due to rain.

Clear away anything that sits in front of your fencing and put some protective sheets over your planting and borders. Give your garden fencing a clean and sand down any sharp or uneven bumps.

Apply the primer with a large brush and let that dry. You can then apply your wood paint using either a brush or sprayer. Finally, remove your protective sheets and let your fence panels dry.

Need new garden fencing in Essex? Talk to D&G Fencing

If you’re looking at ways to update your garden fencing, then talk to us at D&G Fencing.

As a reliable garden fencing supplier in Essex, we can give advice about how to freshen up your garden fence as well replace and install new garden fencing. Get in touch for more information about garden fencing.