One of the best parts of having a wood fence is that, in addition to getting the privacy you need, you can also customize the appearance of the fence by painting it. A wood fence can easily be painted so that it matches and flows with your home.
Tip #1: Get the Fence Ready
If you want to paint your wood fence, you first need to get the fence ready.
You will want to have free space to work, so mow your glass down short next to your fence so it doesn't get in the way when you are painting. You can also use a weed whacker to prepare the space.
You are also going to want a clean fence. You can achieve this by spraying your fence down, on both sides, with a garden hose or with a pressure washer a few days to a week before you intend to paint the fence. This will help clean the fence's surface and remove anything that is stuck to the fence, such as dirt or grass clippings, providing you with a clean work surface. You can just use water, or you can use a wood fence cleaner to prepare your fence.
You should spray and clean the fence in advance so that it has time to dry before applying the paint thoroughly.
Tip #2: Fix Any Damage
Second, you are going to want to fix any damage to your fence before you paint it. For example, you are going to want to look for loose screws and nails and replace them with new ones.
Also, pay attention to the quality of the boards. If you find any splintered boards, you may want to replace those individual boards before you paint.
If there are any boards that are a little too rough, be sure to sand those areas down before painting.
Tip #3: Gather Your Equipment
Third, you will want to get your equipment ready, so you can quickly get to work. You will need tarps to put under and around the fence to keep paint from getting on your landscaping.
You will want old clothing to wear, goggles, and latex gloves to keep yourself safe. You are going to need the paint, paintbrushes, and paint trays. Or you can use an air compressor and paint spray gun to more quickly paint your fence. If you use an air compressor to paint, you will need an extension cord.
It is always a good idea to have a step ladder handy, so you can effectively paint the top of your fence as well.
Tip #4: Choose the Right Paint
Finally, make sure you choose the right paint. You will want to choose a paint that is both designed for wood surfaces and outside usage. For the right effect, be sure to pay attention to how many coats of paint the manufacturer recommended you apply for the best possible appearance.
If you want to paint your wood fence, you need to clean the fence and fix any fence damage before you start painting. Be sure to choose the right type of paint and gather all your supplies so you can effectively paint your fence in one round. You can also hire a painting contractor to assist you with painting your fence. For more information about hiring a fence painting contractor, reach out to a local company.