How To Paint a Timber Fence?

Updated: Jan 6, 2019

Step One

Cut or tie back any vegetation that is making contact with the fence. Mow and edge the grass along the fence line. Trim back bushes and shrubs that touch the fence. If you don’t want to trim them, use twine to tie them away from fence.[1]Pulling vegetation away from the fence gives you space to work, protects the plants from being covered by paint, and reduces the risk of your newly painted surface being blemished by plants rubbing against it.You can use a leaf blower to blow dirt and grass clippings away from the fence line.

Step Two

Mask off plants around the fence. You want to protect the vegetation along the fence line while readying the surface for painting. Put plastic sheeting or a drop cloth over plants that might accidentally get paint on them. Just be careful to make sure that the plant can handle the weight of whatever masking you use.[2]You can also slide a sheet of plywood between your fence and shrubs. This protects the vegetation from paint toxins. When the surface has dried, pull out the plywood and the shrub will likely snap back naturally.

Tip: Preparation is a critical phase of fence painting. This is a time-consuming process, but it makes the job easier in the long run.

Step Three

Spread a drop cloth or plastic sheeting under the fence. This will protect the ground from being covered in drips or sprays of paint. Keep it in place throughout the project so it will collect residue from prep work and protect against spills.[3]You can use either a cloth or plastic drop cloth for this job.

Step Four

Pick the right paint for your wood fence. When painting a fence you need to use outdoor paint. These are specially treated to withstand the effects of weather and come in a variety of types:[8]Acrylics: Acrylic paint is durable, providing an excellent layer of protection for your fence, but you might have to apply a primer to an untreated surface before you can paint.Oil-based outdoor paint: Oil-based paints may require multiple coats and may not protect as well as acrylics, but they do provide a superior-looking finish.

Tip: Talk to your paint supplier about how much paint you'll need to complete your job. Be prepared to tell them the total square meters of the fence.

Step Five

Choose to use a brush, roller, or sprayer, or a combination of all three. What you choose typically depends on how much fence you need to paint. However, you should also consider what type of paint you’re using and how detailed the work will be. For example, some paints are formulated to be used with either brushes or sprayers and state so on their labels.Use a sprayer for a long fence or a fence with lots of cutouts or spots that will be hard for a brush to get into. If you have a long fence, you probably will want to use a sprayer because it will allow you to complete the job quickly. A sprayer is also good at getting into every crevice, so use one if your fence has detailed scrolling work.If you have a smaller project, such as a short section of fence, you probably can complete the job using a roller on flat surfaces and a brush for detailed, inside sections.

Step Six

Pick a suitable day to do the painting. Certain weather conditions are ideal for fence painting. Pick a day with no rain in the forecast. Also, try to paint on a day with calm winds and ample cloud cover.[9]Breezes can kick up debris that can stick to your paint job.Direct sunlight makes the paint dry too fast and saps its protective properties.

Step Seven

Apply paint with the grain of the wood. If using a roller, roll it with the grain of the wood, rather than across it. Brush strokes should also go with the grain to ensure that every crevice in the wood is coated. Even if spraying you should move the sprayer in the direction of the wood grain to get into all areas of the wood.[10]Going with the grain also helps prevent drips, as excess paint doesn’t build up on the ridges of the wood as much.While it might not be possible to go with the grain for every single stroke, it’s a good idea to do it as much as possible.

Step Eight

Keep a brush handy to clean up drips. Even if you opt for a sprayer or a roller, it’s important to keep a brush in arms reach. This will allow you to do any touch-up work that needs to be done right away

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