When you have a wooden fence, you may be wondering if it is necessary to paint it — there are plenty of wooden fences out there that sit unpainted and look just fine to the owner and passersby.
If, however, you decide that you are going to paint your wooden fence, you should bear in mind that there are proper ways to do it — to make sure that you get it done well.
You are going to want to prepare the area where you will be painting prior to starting the project so that it goes as smoothly as possible — and there are as few delays as can be.
Part of this involves having all of your equipment on hand — if you have to run into the house to locate the right paintbrush, it’s a bit of a waste of time, especially if you don’t know where your paintbrushes are to be found in the house.
You additionally will want to make sure that the ground surrounding your fence as well as the exterior wall of the house that connects with the fence, if applicable.
A well painted fence has to be cleaned prior to being painted because otherwise you are painting on the past dirt and dust and mildew and mold that accumulated on the fence over time — and that’s no good.
You can start with a good cleaning agent and use a stiff brush to get it all over the surface of your wooden fence — and then rinse the fence with water once you have gotten all of the dirt off of the fence.
You will then want to allow the fence time to dry prior to proceeding.
The next thing you are going to want to do when getting your fence ready is to sand it — this will get the surface of the fence smooth enough that it will be able to be painted well.
The surface of the fence should be as smooth as possible when you are painting it, and sanding it is the best way to do this.
A good part of the painting process is to prime the fence — this further prepares the surface of the fence for the ultimate paint job that will come.
The primer coat both serves as a foundation for the coats of paint and helps keep it on the fence — and helps it last longer.
The last and most important thing you will be doing, of course, will be to paint the fence — in whatever color or colors that you choose.
Something good to bear in mind is that you will want to wait after having put on the primer coat to paint the fence, and you may even want to gently sand between the primer coat and the first coat of paint — some say that this helps even more with getting the paint to go on smoothly.
Once you are done with the first coat of paint, you will want to give it ample time to dry and then examine the fence as it is — does it need a second coat of paint?
Most often, it does need that second coat, and so you will want to put it on and then once again give it plenty of time to dry — and then once you have done that, you will have successfully painted your wooden fence.
If you need professional assistance painting the exterior of your home, Peek Brothers Painting can help.
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