How To: Painting and Staining Your Wood Fence

A fence is an investment for your home. But styles change and maybe the wooden fence you loved five years ago no longer makes sense with your home’s exterior décor. Or maybe you want to give your new natural wood fence a little more of a pop. Either way giving your wood fence a little boost is something you can easily do yourself!

Say you have the beautiful and private Shadowbox fence or the charming Thomaston Garden Fence, though their styles are drastically different they can both be rejuvenated in the same way.

Not only can a fresh color or coat of paint give your fence a totally new look it can also help it last longer, protecting the wood from the elements. If you have a painted fence it is recommended that you paint a fresh coat every 2-3 years to maintain the color and protective elements.

Step 1: Pick the perfect day! Painting or staining your fence is a full-day activity (or more depending on how much fencing you have). Make sure to carve out enough time to be able to complete the whole project. Also make sure to pick a day with no rain and calm winds so your paint can dry without attracting debris. If you can avoid intense sunlight that is also helpful because too much direct sun can dry the paint too fast, eliminating its protective elements.

Step 2: Prep the area around the fence. Mow the grass around the fence, use a leaf blower to get rid of any loose leaves and grass, and spread a drop cloth or plastic sheeting under the section you will be treating. Then, if your fence has already been treated, scrape off loose or flaky paint. If you fence is new sand or pressure wash the fence to make sure the surface is optimal for bonding a new coat of paint. If your fence has been treated before sand it down before and remove any mold that may have grown. Finally cover or seal any elements of the fence you do not want painted.

Step 3: Get your paint! Acrylic paints are a great choice to battle the elements. If you choose acrylic then you may have to paint a coat of primer on beforehand. Acrylic stains are also a great choice and bring out the natural beauty of your wood without needing a primer. Other choices include oil-based outdoor paints which are harder to apply and may require more coats have a beautiful, unbeatable finish.

Step 4: Get started. If you have a smaller fence using a roller and brush are perfectly fine but a larger fence would work better with an industrial spray. If you use a spray make sure you have a protective cover on your face so you don’t inhale the fumes. Also if you have some beautiful landscaping around your fence it may be wise to cover it with a plastic sheet or some plywood to protect it from the paint.

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