Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Paint A Wood Fence

Fall is a good time to paint your fence. The sun isn't too hot, there's only a few bugs around and you're not going to be too worried about stepping on annual plants that might be planted close to your fence. Painting a fence isn't a hard job; it's just tedious. That's why it's worthwhile to do a good job when you do paint your fence (so you won't have to do it all over again in two years). Here's go about painting your wooden fence properly. Does this Spark an idea?


Prepare the Paint

1. Choose a good quality paint that is designed for use outdoors. This means it will contain UV (ultra violet) inhibitors and be formulated to stand up to the elements. In choosing paint, price really does make a difference, so get the best you can afford.

2. Select good quality paintbrushes. You may think you're only painting a fence and be tempted to opt for an inexpensive paintbrush--however, inexpensive paintbrushes often have rough spots that will give you blisters and feel unbalanced, making them tiring to use over time.

3. Use your whisk and clean up your fence before you start painting. Seeds, leaves and twigs are all probably in the cracks between the boards and stringers, and there are probably spider webs and perhaps other bug nests as well.

4. Wear your rubber gloves when washing off any bird droppings that are on the fence.

5. After cleaning your fence, look for any loose or flaking paint and get rid of it using your scraper or a wire brush.

6. Check for any insect damage (termites?) and replace any boards that have been attacked, then make sure all of the boards are firmly attached. If some are loose, reattach them.

Paint a Fence

7. Work on your fence in sections and work each section in two steps. First paint the top edge of each board (the open grain), then do the front of each board and one side. Do the same on each board in the section until you've done them all on the front and one edge.

8. After doing two or three sections, go back to the first section and paint the other side and the remaining edge. Again, move onto the next board in the section and continue until you've painted all the boards that were half-painted.

9. Painting the boards in this way means you won't be reaching in between boards that have wet paint on them and making a mess of yourself, your brushes and your paint job.

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