A wood fence needs occasional painting to protect it from the elements and keep it looking its best. This can be a time-consuming task, but it’s not difficult if you know what to do. Complete the job with ease by reviewing the following tips.
5 Steps to Painting a Wood Fence
1. Determine If a Fresh Coat Is Necessary
The barrier should be repainted every two to three years for the best protection. To see if it needs a new coat, sprinkle water on the surface. Moisture should bead up and roll off. If it soaks into the wood, it’s time to repaint.
Remove any old or peeling paint. Use a power washer to get rid of larger flakes, and sand the fence to smooth the surface. Start with 60- to 80-grit sandpaper for aggressive paint removal, and use finer grit to smooth out rough spots. Be sure to wear breathing and eye protection.
3. Choose a Finish
Choose a finish type and color for your wood fence. Paint is more affordable than stain, but it usually doesn't last as long.
It also tends to peel, while stain simply fades away over time. However, paint comes in a wider range of colors, meaning you’ll have more freedom to customize the materials.
4. Assemble Equipment
You'll need a roller, a paint tray, some brushes to reach areas the roller can’t, and a ladder depending on the fence’s height. Make sure you have everything you need before you start, and enlist friends or family to help with the job. Don’t forget about paint thinner, which makes cleanup much easier.
Pour several ounces of paint into the roller tray and coat the roller with color. Cover the fence evenly with paint or stain by moving the roller up and down.
Dip the roller into the paint whenever it starts to dry or run out of color, and touch up spots you've missed with the brushes. When painting around the gate, protect any hardware using masking tape.
If your wood fence needs more than just a paint job, reach out to American Fence Company in Hamptonburgh, NY. They’ve served Orange County and the Hudson Valley for over 30 years. They specialize in wood, wrought iron, vinyl, and chain-link fences, as well as pool, privacy, and commercial options. Learn more about the company on the website, or call (845) 427-5894 for a consultation.