Here’s our 5 Top Tips for painting the garden fence this Spring.
Make sure that the fence is free of dirt, grime or algae before painting. This can be done either with a pressure washer or simply with water and a hard bristled brush. In the case of mildew and algae, apply a diluted bleach solution and scrub with a hard bristled brush. Also make sure to scrape away any flaking, cracked or chipped paint.
Trim any grass or hedges around the fence, and sweep away any dirt or debris from near the fence in case the wind blows dirt onto the fresh paint while painting.
Remove or tape up any hinges, handles or barrel bolts to ensure that no paint gets onto the metal work.
Cover any decking, concrete and shrubs with dust sheets to make sure they don’t get dripped on.
Always make sure that the fence is completely dry before beginning to paint.
If it’s a particularly hot day then try to wait until the fence is in the shade as if the wood is too hot then the paint will dry too quickly before it has had a chance to soak into the wood properly. The paint can only properly protect the wood if it’s had time to soak in.
Before purchasing your paint make sure to know whether your fence is smooth or rough sawn, as different paints are made for different type of fence texture.
The all round perfect brush would be the Ronseal FenceLife Plus 4" Brush or the Praxis 4" Fence Brush
Goggles or safety glasses are recommended to avoid getting paint in your eyes.
Some products we recommend are:
Formulated specifically for rough sawn fences, this product boasts a quick drying formula and is ideal for getting the job done quickly. Coming in 6 great colours, and an opaque finish with each, a single coat is enough in almost all cases. This paint hides minor surface imperfections, becomes water repellent in only 2 hours, is 100% shower proof and delivers a beautiful colour which lasts for up to 2 years.
This is the perfect paint if you want a low maintenance fence. A highly durable paint which is formulated to withstand all weather and elements, and provides up to 5 years of protection. A thinner paint than the Fence Life One Coat above which can be used on either rough sawn (2 coats) or smooth planed wood (3 coats). A great variety of colours available, and becomes shower proof in just 1 hour.
Avoid dripping by ensuring not to overload the brush. Make sure to catch any wet edges before they begin to dry into a drip shape. Do not let the fence paint collect in pools or crevices as this will eventually run.
If using a sprayer use long, sweeping movements along the direction of the grain, making sure to apply the same amount of paint to each section. Hold the nozzle approximately 15cm from the fence, and overlap each pass by around 50%. Use a paint brush to paint any difficult to reach areas.
Clean your brushes and / or sprayer immediately after use to preserve them for future use. Most fence paints are oil based and will require white spirit for cleaning. Using white spirit will make for an easier and quicker clean up, but make sure to wear gloves whilst using and to wash your hands very well after use.
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