You don’t want to be the house in the neighbourhood with the ugly, old and peeling fence. But before you run out and buy a few buckets of paint, here’s a few tips to make sure you’re ready to roll.
Inspect your fence, and repair or replace any rotten or damaged sections. Cut the grass on both sides of the fence, and trim overgrown trees and shrubs. Power wash your fence to remove any loose dirt, paint or other debris – make sure you don’t damage the wood fibres by holding the nozzle too close. Lay some drop sheets or old tarps under the area you’re working on to protect the grass, driveway or anything else you don’t want to damage. Once the fence has dried, scrape any old peeling paint, and sand down any rough areas. Make sure you’ve chosen a good quality exterior paint or stain – latex eggshell isn’t going to last long outside.
Painting a fence isn’t a walk in the park – it’s time consuming, dirty and labour intensive. Make sure you’re up for the job, and don’t attempt to paint the entire fence in one weekend – work in sections as time permits to avoid fence painting burnout. You don’t want to paint on a hot, sunny day, as the paint will dry too fast. (Hot sunny days are better for power washing and preparation.) When you do get started, make sure it’s not going to rain in the next 2 or 3 days so the paint has a chance to dry completely. If you don’t have the time or patience to get the job done, consider hiring someone that will! Or…you could build a new fence!