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How to Paint a Fence or Shed


A lot of our wooden fences or shed are constantly battling again the British Weather. To stop them from look grey and tired give them a new lick of protective paint or treatment! This will also protect them from rot, fungi and wood-burrowing insects.

There is an extensive range of exterior paints, varnishes, oils and stains that will protect your outdoor wood, all of these have many colours available. With all the different finishes and colours available you will be able to style your fence or shed to match the latest garden trends.

For a long lasting finish, preparation is key! The wood needs to be completely dry so the best time to paint is after a dry spell and when no rain is expected so make sure it is a warm and dry day, ideally above°C. If it is too hot the intense sun could result in drying out the paint before it has had time to penetrate the wood.

If you are using a paint sprayer we advise that you use this when it is windy as you could end up spraying more than your fence or shed.

Safety First:

Make sure you have read all of the product instructions before you begin.

Keep paint and treatment out of reach from children.

When using a spray wood preservative, wear goggles and a mask.

Step 1:

Before applying any paint or treatment prepare the wood. Once you have done this use a stiff brush to get rid of any dirt, if the surface is covered in algae dip the brush in a diluted general purpose cleaner and scrub it clean. Once you have let this dry, make any repairs and replace decayed sections of wood with healthy timber. For smaller areas use an exterior wood filler which can then be sanded flush with the surface prior to painting. If the surface has been painted before then sand down any flaky areas and use a power sander for larger areas.

Step 2:

Cover any nearby surfaces with dust sheets incase there is overspray or drips, make sure plants and concrete posts are covered. Use masking tape and newspaper to cover up any metal work and window panes.

Step 3:

Before painting make sure the product is stirred well, to make sure you have done this correctly find a small patch of wood and try it before you stay the fence or shed.

If you are using a paint brush, pour the paint into a kettle as it will be easier to handle, if you are using a roller, pour the paint into a tray and if you are using a sprayer make sure your read the instructions.

Step 4:

If you have an unpainted area then start there and work you way to the painted area. Use a timber brush or roller to apply a thick and even coating along the grain of the timber, make sure all brush strokes are in the same direction as the grain. Avoid drips and runs by not overloading the brush or roller with paint and work it in well. Pick up any wet edges before they dry in a drip shape.

If you use a paint sprayers make sure that your pressurise the sprayer and choose the most suitable spray option. For the best results use long, sweeping and horizontal arm movements, then hold the nozzle about 15cm away from the surface and move it along.

Step 5:

Allow the first coat to dry as long as the instructions say and if required apply a second coat. When you have finished scrape as much paint or treatment off your brush and clean it. If you have any paint in your sprayer left over pour it back into the paint vessel, then clean the prayer and filters like it says in the instructions.

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