These next few weeks on the Great Expectations Painting blog, we want to cover fence painting! This week covers fence painting preparation. Here in Hayden and Coeur d’Alene, we do TONS of fence maintenance! There are very specific ways to make sure your stain or paint adheres and lasts a long time on your fence. With a few helpful tips and proper attention to detail, your stain or paint job will last for years! This week we will go over proper preparation. Arguably the most important part of any job is careful prep work! Using proper preparation means your paint or stain will correctly adhere and the job will be significantly higher quality. Here are a few steps to getting your preparation done right!
- Cleaning. Chances are your fence will be filthy. Its one of those things we forget to do as time goes on. It will be covered in peeling paint, bird poo, and spiderwebs and dirt. If you don’t get that stuff off, your paint has no hope of properly adhering to the wood! Make sure to take a flat edge scraper, and get rid of all that gunk! You don’t need to be shy, you will be repainting anyways! Make sure and scrape to bare wood. You can also go over the fence with a wire brush. They tend to get more gunk free but take more “manual labor” to use! The only other note about cleaning is you shouldn’t need to use actual cleaner. Some elbow grease will do the trick, and the lack of cleaning residue will help your paint or stain to better adhere to the deck.
- Sanding. The part everyone wants to skip! Giving your fence a full sanding is the best way to ensure a consistent look with your paint or stain. After sanding, you will avoid blotches, poor paint application, and will be able to make sure you didn’t leave any dirt in the cracks and crannies!
- Power washing. You need to power wash your fence. Even if you take great pains to clean the fence, there will be small bits of debris that you can’t get off! Power washing really helps to prep the wood for new stain or paint. It gets the wood fibers damp, clears off the years of drying, and makes your fence look amazing! Skipping this step will dynamically reduce the amount of time your new stain or paint lasts. Don’t skip it!
That is the start for fence painting work! Next week we will go over the first application of primer for your fence painting project! To read more from our fencing series, check out the archives here!