Do you have a huge wooden fence outside? If it’s starting to look old and discolored, it will harm the aesthetics of your garden. Once the weather starts getting better, you’ll need to paint the fence.
Don’t let it ruin the beauty of your entire garden. It should only take you a few weekends if you decide to paint it by yourself. Let’s discuss a few tips that should help out if you don’t have lots of painting experience.
1. Mowing Your Lawn Beforehand
Even though it feels like extra work, it’s always worth mowing your lawn before painting the fence. You’ll have complete access to the bottom of it once the grass is gone. If you don’t trim the grass, it’s a nightmare.
You’ll need to move grass away with your hand to access parts of your fence. It’s tough enough with a paintbrush, but it’s impossible with Graco paint sprayers. Mowing your lawn will save you more time in the long run.
2. Getting Rid Of The Old Paint
Most people know you need to remove all debris before painting a fence. Just make sure you get rid of the flaky old paint too. If your paint is flaking off, it’s only a matter of time before it falls to the ground.
Your new coat of paint will fall with it unless you take care of the problem. Once you’ve removed all the debris, you should scrape the old paint with a scraper. Rubbing it with sandpaper will give you an even better finish.
3. Don’t Paint When It’s Too Hot
You’re not supposed to paint outside when it’s wet, so you need to check the weather forecast in advance. It’s also a bad idea to paint when it’s too hot. If it’s boiling outside, you’ll end up with a patchy finish.
You don’t need to wait until a day when the sun isn’t out. Just make sure you start early enough to finish a particular section before noon. It’s also possible to paint at night before it gets too dark to see anything.
4. Invest In A Good Paint Sprayer
If you decide to paint your fence with brushes and rollers, it’s going to take a long time to finish. Instead, think about investing in an electric paint sprayer. If you have a large fence, you probably have a large home.
You’ll be able to use the paint sprayer all over your home, including the exterior walls. It does take a little practice until you finally master sprayers, but painting a fence is a good way to learn the basics.
5. Protect Your Grass And Flowers
When painting indoors, you’d normally throw old newspapers on the ground. Canvas drop cloths are an even better idea. You’ve still got to do the exact same even though you’re painting something in your garden.
If you get paint all over your grass and flowers, it’s going to hurt your garden. Don’t forget to cover bushes and shrubs growing close to your fence. If you get a couple of drop cloths, it’s easy to move them around.
Get Started On It Now
Once your fence is painted the garden will look a hundred times better, so get started the next time the weather is good.