You have a metal fence that wraps around your home and you look at it and think that it may well look better if you paint it — and that’s entirely possible, but before you paint your metal fence, it’s important to make the time to prepare for the painting process.
By preparing to paint your metal fence, you ultimately will have a better painted fence and quite likely one that is going to stay looking good for years to come.
Let’s look at some tips for metal fence painting prep that will have a positive impact on your painting project.
One thing that will help with your metal fence painting project is to be sure that you properly clean before you start.
This means more than just cleaning the fence itself, though of course this is going to be quite important — rather, you will want to clean the area near the fence so that you don’t find the messes that can be near fences on your fence after you paint.
This is even the case when you will be protecting the area near the fence, itself an important step which we will cover soon.
As you will be painting your fence, the process of painting could very well get paint in places where it does not belong.
To that end, it’s a good idea to lay down some tarp near the fence while it is being painted so that you don’t get the paint on, for example, the grass by the fence or even flowers that may be growing there.
It’s worth sprinkling some water on your plants depending on how long you are going to have the plants covered.
The color or colors you are going to be painting your fence is one of the more important choices that you will be making — given how long your painted fence will stay with the color or colors, it’s important to choose a color that will be appreciated for a long time to come.
You could of course get some printed paint samples and to some extent that is going to work okay but it will not be as representative of how the color is going to look on your fence as actual paint will — not to mention that you will likely be in the paint store looking at these strips, and the lighting conditions are not going to be quite like how they will be near your home.
Make the small investment in getting paint samples and applying some paint to your fence and allowing it to dry — then you will be able to see how the color or colors will look on the fence during the day, at night, etc and based on that you can better assess if the color or colors will be right for you.
In the painting of your fence, you should be sure that you have enough of the supplies that are going to be necessary for completing the work properly.
The two key supplies in this case are paint and primer — the two things without which you fundamentally won’t be able to paint your metal fence — and it’s important that you know how much of each you will be needing for the painting project.
You can best estimate how much will be necessary with a paint calculator which takes information on the square footage and then uses that to give you an approximate number of gallons that you will need in order to get the painting work done — and having a little more than necessary is definitely better than being short!