Painting your garden fence is not a complicated task. However, it's useful to know some tips to make your painting experience even better!
Weather conditions and the right time: Before you set aside a day to paint your garden fence, check the weather 24 hours in advance. You should only paint your fence in dry conditions, and painting on the hottest day of the year is a no-no!
''Spring and summer are the best months for this activity. The weather is hot and dry which will help the paint dry off quicker. Always check the weather forecast to make sure you've got a sunny day ahead of you. If it has rained recently, wait until your fence is dry before painting'', says garden expert, Pol Bishop.
Use the proper tools: Its important to decide what tool you're going to use. ''Brush sprayers will generally enable you to work faster and on a larger fence,''says Bishop. Brushes are best used only for small sections with hard to reach places.
''Also, be sure to buy the proper paint. Sprayers, for example, use a special kind of paint which is generally thinner. Youâ€™ll also need a protective gas mask, sandpaper and old newspapers or plastic sheets to cover your lawn and plants,'' he adds.
Prepare the fence:
When it comes to the area around the fence,
- Move any furniture and potted plants to another location to avoid getting paint on them
- If there are plants hanging above the fence, make sure to pin them back to avoid getting paint on them
Next, it's time to make the fence suitable for painting. The fence needs to be clean, otherwise the paint may not stick as well as it should.
- Sand the fence to remove its original colour and smoothen up any rough edges
- Remove any crawling plants, moss or fungi from the fence
- If you've got metal handles on the fence, unscrew them
- Use a cloth to wipe off any dirt or apply fungicide to remove any mould
- Apply primer to your fence before painting. This helps to seal the fence, increases the paint's durability and provides paint protection
Painting: When it comes to actually applying paint to the fence, Bishop offers some of his best tips:
- When using a brush, paint a small spot on the fence, stand back and take a look. This ensures that you like how it looks in this colour
- Apply brush strokes in the same direction as the wood grain and do not overload the brush with paint. This will cause drips and runs
- When working with a sprayer, use long, sweeping, horizontal arm movements to get an even finish on all fence boards. Keep a distance of about 15 centimetres between you and the spray muzzle to avoid runs and drips
- Some paints require a second coat and some don't. Read the instructions beforehand
- If paint gets on your skin, wash with warm soapy water straight away
- If a drop of paint gets in your eye, wash with warm water until all the paint is removed