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Fence Painting Tips

by HomeRepairExpert.com
Painting your fence can be an easy and effective way to spruce up your curb appeal, increase the value of your home, and protect your fence from weather damage and insects. Have your whole family paint the fence as a team to get the job done quickly.

Painting your fence can be an easy and effective way to spruce up your curb appeal, increase the value of your home, and protect your fence from weather damage and insects. Have your whole family paint the fence as a team to get the job done quickly.

Prepare the Fence

Before you begin painting, inspect the fence and look for any holes, chipped paint, spider webs and rough surfaces. Clean the fence with warm, soapy water and sand down any rough spots with sandpaper. Make any repairs to boards that are out of place or damaged.

Use the Right Paint

Using the right paint can help your fence last a lifetime. Use a high-quality paint that has UV protection. Choose a paint made specifically for outdoor use that will protect your fence from the elements. Using a high-quality paint will be a wasted effort if you do not use high-quality paintbrushes as well. Use strong paintbrushes with smooth edges.

Follow a Pattern

Follow a pattern and do one section of fence at a time to ensure a quality paint job. Choose one section of the fence to work on and paint one board at a time, beginning at the top. Once you get to the bottom, place a small cloth under the board so that you can finish painting without making a mess.

Work in the Shade

Try not to work in the middle of the day or in direct sunlight. Working at dawn and dusk will keep your paint from drying out too soon and will help you to stay hydrated. This will also protect you from heat exhaustion if you live in a hot and humid climate.

Push Back Shrubs

If you have shrubbery close to your fence, place a piece of plywood against the shrub so that you can easily paint between the shrub and the fence.



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