Are you thinking about how to get your wooden fence ready for the spring season? It’s understandable if you are because, since the weather becomes more pleasant, spring is the season when people can start enjoying their outdoor landscapes to their fullest. One way to prep your fence is by getting it painted. When painting your wooden fence, here is what you’ll want to do.
Clear and Cover
Get the area surrounding your wooden fence cleaned up. This includes cleaning up any gardening tools and toys, among other things, as well as mowing the grass. You should also cover any shrubs in the nearby vicinity. Otherwise, these shrubs might get paint on them. Once you’ve cleared the area, you can lay down a tarp and start painting.
Get Your Wooden Fence Prepped
There is a multi-step process that goes into prepping your wooden fence. The first step is to check if there are any signs of damage to the fence, including cracked boards, dangling screws, and loose nails. Take down all decorations and the screws holding them from your fence. You can put them back up once painting has been completed. If you have cracked boards, those need to be replaced before you get started on painting.
Once your inspection is done, ensure that the fence has a smooth texture. Removing old paint helps in this regard because you remove any chipped or flaking paint that would make the surface uneven. After that, sand your fence down and wash it with the help of a fence cleaner. Allow your fence to dry before you begin painting.
Painting Your Wooden Fence
Choose a paint and primer that are suitable for the wood you have, and be sure they are safe to use. Oil-based paint is more durable, so it’s a solid option. Begin by painting a tiny portion of your fence, preferably a spot that is out of the way in case things don’t go how you would like. After waiting for 24 hours, see if you like the results and continue if you do.
Before painting is done, apply your primer. Either a roller or paintbrush is recommended. After you’re done, let your primer dry, then proceed to painting. You should paint starting from the top of the panels, then work your way down. Then, when you’re done, check if you like how the first coat of paint turned out. If yes, apply the second coat. Otherwise, address any missed spots or areas that could stand to be thickened up a little.
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Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has countless fencing options for your home and commercial property. Whether you are excited about a beautiful vinyl chain link fence or already planning out your custom wood commercial fence, we are ready to help you frame and secure your property. Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. Contact us to see how a beautiful wood fence can protect your property by giving us a call at 703-551-2609 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.