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Your fence serves two important purposes for your home. It not only provides security, but it can also influence the value of your home and boost your curb appeal. That’s why it’s important to maintain and take care of your fence properly so it can serve its purpose better.

By reviving or refreshing your fence with a new coat of paint or stain, you can protect it from outside factors and elements and prevent insect damage or rot from occurring.

If you want to achieve great results that you’ll be satisfied with, follow our simple guide on how to paint or stain your fence like a pro. 

How to Prepare Your Fence for Staining or Painting

Painting or staining a fence may seem like a simple two day DIY project. However, there’s a lot more than applying the paint or stain that goes into the process. To make sure your project is a success the main part you need to focus on is preparation.

Good prep can make a big difference in how long your paint job lasts and how well it looks. That’s why you should never skip this part of the process and go straight to painting or staining.

Here’s what you’ll need to do to get your fence ready for painting.

  • Wash off dirt and debris.

     The first thing you’ll want to do when preparing your fence for painting or staining is washing any dirt, dust or other debris off the surface. You can achieve the best result by using a power washer, although that’s not your only option. You can also use your garden hose and a brush to take off as much of the dirt build-up as you can, so you can work on a clean and smooth surface. Depending on the condition of your fence, you can decide whether you want to start off with pressure washing or if there’s a lot of chipped and loose paint, you may want to start with scraping first and then go onto pressure washing, so you don’t blow off all that debris and chipped paint onto the surrounding area.

  • Scrape any chipped and loose paint and sand the surface.

     If you’re planning on staining your fence rather than painting it, you can skip this process and head onto the next one. However, if you’ve decided to paint your fence, you will need to scrape off any loose paint and sand the surface, especially around the edges so you can have a nice and even surface for the paint to stick to better. Note that you can paint over painted or stained wood, but you can only use stain over stained wood, never over paint.

  • Repair or replace any broken or missing fence posts. 

    Take a look around your perimeter to see if there are any loose or broken fence posts so you can take care of them before you start painting. Replace missing, or broken posts and secure them in place before you can go onto the next step of the process.

Once you’ve completed all of the steps above, you can use a brush or a damp cloth to wipe down the surface of the wood one last time to make sure you remove any leftover debris or dust, and you’ll be all set to start painting or staining your fence.

Helpful Tips to Make Your Project Run More Smoothly

Prepping your fence is the most important part of the process and will help you achieve a great stain or paint job that will last you for years to come. However, there are a few additionally important steps of the process that you must complete so your project can run as smoothly as possible.

Here are a few helpful tips from the pros to help your project run smoothly:

  • Check the weather forecast to make sure it won’t be windy or raining.

  • Ask for help ahead of time. Having one of your family members, a friend or a neighbour helping you out will make the job much easier.

  • Buy quality tools and supplies. Invest in a good brush and roller, or rent a paint or stain sprayer from your local hardware store.

  • Make sure you protect the surrounding area, covering any shrubbery, plants and items that might get sprayed in the process.

  • Wear protective equipment, including gloves, goggles and clothes you don’t mind getting covered in paint.

  • Gather all the items you will need so you won’t have to make any unnecessary trips to the store or the garage.

  • Use high-quality paint that offers protection against UV rays, moisture and fungus.

  • Don’t rush your project and set aside enough time so you can get through the entire process without skipping any steps along the way. This will ensure you’ll get the longest-lasting results and save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.