Prepare the fence for Painting
When it comes to spray painting, the Prep step is always the first and the most critical task. Especially in painting fences, there are a lot of things to do for painting to be safe and sound. We will achieve the fast working and the excellent finish once we spend time preparing the fence for Painting.
Clearing the surroundings of the fence
Cleaning surroundings is necessary to keep the paint off your grass and plants that might be growing near and around the fence for clean up purposes afterward. For this, you should mow the lawn in that particular area. A piece of plywood can be used to save the shrubs and plants from being drenched by the paint. Now, cover the surrounding grass with a large tarp.
Remove loose nails and screws
Any loose screw or nail that might be peeping out of the fence surface should be taken out entirely to give even coating to the whole fence. You should prepare your fence as neatly as possible to make your work much easier. New screws and nails can always be used to reinstall the decorations but for the smooth and flawless finishing off the fence will not be possible without taking this step.
Sand to Smooth
Before starting the painting process, it is necessary that the area to be painted is smooth without any rough areas or splinters sticking out. Best way to do that is by rubbing the fence with sandpaper and smoothing the whole surface. Using Garnet sandpaper for sanding wood is highly recommended for best results.
Wash Your Fence
For removing any residual dust, debris or stuff like algae or lichen, you should use the regular fence cleaner. Use a rag, spray soap or an h3 brush.
An important thing to be noted here is, to know about the quantity of the fence cleaner you should be using and whether you have to dilute the soap or not. There are many kinds of solvents available in the market; make sure you choose the one that is suitable for wooden fences.
Painting fences using sprayers
Setting up your Sprayer
If you are not painting smaller areas, use the largest sized nozzle to spray paint your fence. Also, if there are any smaller cracks or crevices where large nozzles cannot reach; use the smaller ones to be more precise. A point to note here is, to use oil-based fence paints that are wood friendly by nature and can endure rough and harsh conditions of the exterior environment.
Prime your Fence with a Primer
Spray your Fence
Once you are finished with spraying one panel, spray another layer at the perpendicular line to your previous movement. This technique will get rid of streaks. Avoid making arcs at the end of each stroke, which may result in getting paint in undesired places.
Applying an Extra coat of paint if needed
For drying time, consult the instructions that came with your paint. Usually, paints need to dry overnight.
Clean Paint Sprayer
Spray-painting your fences is an easy task that anyone can pull off with pratice. Anyone can do it once you follow the steps correctly. You can get excellent results even if you are not a pro. You should prepare the area before starting the painting job to avoid getting paint everywhere. Cover with a tarp or a large enough cloth to cover the area in the paint’s range. After finishing the job, give ample time for the paint to dry off, especially if you decide to apply another coat. Do clean the gun after every use to increase its working life and get a smooth finish after every use.