The easiest and cheapest way to improve your home’s street appeal is to repaint your front and side fences. If you’re thinking about painting your fence, you may be wondering what is the most efficient way to get the job done. You might be picturing a week-long process of slowly rolling paint onto your fence, but the truth is, a new paint job for your fence doesn’t have to be a painstakingly long process. Our residential painting experts have put together the following guide to show you how to paint your fence in just a weekend.
Prepare the Surface
Firstly, it’s important to prepare the fence by washing it. This is an obvious first step but is still required to provide a clean surface for the paint to stick to. The best way to wash the fence is to use a pressure washer to remove any dirt and grime that may be stuck to the surface. It’s not necessary to completely remove all the dirt, but the cleaner the fence is, the better the paint job will turn out. After this, allow the fence to dry for a day or two before you prepare to paint it. If the fence needs it you can machine sand for the best possible finish.
The next step is to cover any areas that you don’t want to get paint on. This may include any walls or pillars that are connected to the fence. Plastic sheeting and tape are a great way of stopping any paint from potentially over-spilling on unwanted areas. This step is vital in order to protect your home, as well as achieving a clean finish.
Get the Right Tools
A paint sprayer will be required for the fastest and most effective application. Paint sprayers can be hired from any equipment hire shop locally to you. Although they are a little more expensive than a paintbrush, they will save you a lot more time, and you will never look back. When purchasing the paint product, be sure to select an exterior, weathershield paint or a specialised fence paint. To prepare the paint for the sprayer, you may need to thin it out with water, but be sure to check the instructions that come with the paint sprayer.
Painting the Fence
Finally, paint the fence! Fill up the paint sprayer and switch on the power. Hold the gun around 12 inches back from the fence to ensure that the paint is not applied too thick. Thin coats are ideal for fences as they tend to dry quickly avoiding any runs. In order to get an even coat, be sure to cover all areas equally. The tip can be set to horizontal or vertical, depending on which way you want to paint the fence. The fence may need two or three coats to completely cover it, but it may depend on the type of paint and the fence you are painting. A large fence can be completed in just a day or two with the right kind of paint sprayer. Give the fence a few days to dry completely and the job is done.
If you don’t have the time to paint your fence in weekend, the fastest way to get the job done is to engage a professional painting service. Our expert painters have years of experience, top of the range equipment and the best quality paints to make your fence look brand new. At SG Coatings, we are well known for providing fast and effective solutions that can transform any surface. We are committed to executing perfect paint jobs of all sizes in residential homes and commercial projects. If you would like to book a free design consultation and/or free painting quote to discuss residential painting on the Mornington Peninsula, Bayside, Frankston, South East Melbourne or the surrounding suburbs, please contact us here.