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2020 Buyers Guide For Wooden Fence Paint
Wooden fences are continually subject to the onslaught of the elements – not just rain and wind, but the damage from UV rays also. Whether you’re replacing an old fence, putting up something entirely new, or wanting to maintain what you already have, it’s worth taking the time to ensure the wood is properly protected, and will last as long as possible.
Choosing your colour:
Once you have decided to paint your wooden fence, rather than staining it, the next choice is which colour? While there are a wide range of variations on neutral, matt tones that echo the natural colours of your garden, it’s also possible to find everything from vibrant, Caribbean inspired shades to bright primary colours.
Not surprisingly, the most popular shades are the more subdued ones that don’t detract from your garden – stone, oak, forest, and matt black are all common. Darker colours provide a lovely contrast to the plants inside, and the deeper the colour, the larger the garden will look. Paler colours, on the other hand, may look attractive and provide a lovely backdrop initially, but will much more quickly show dirt and dust. And while a bright pink or strong red will allow the greens to really show off, it’s also worth considering that your neighbours may not appreciate the more unusual colours!
Choosing an application method:
If you have a large fence, you may wish to opt for a paint sprayer, which will enable you to cover the entire area as quickly and efficiently as possible. Make sure you use a respirator, and spray downwind while aiming along the grain of the wood. Applying with a roller is also a good option for reasonably large fences, and may be a little less intimidating than using a sprayer. You’ll still need a brush to touch up the edges and catch any runs, no matter which of the previous methods you use. And, with a smaller fence, you may opt to apply the paint with a timber brush only. No matter what technique you choose, if the fence is already in place, make sure any plants nearby are covered.
Choosing a brand:
With these decisions made, you’ll be able to choose a brand that gives you the colour and application technique you prefer. There’s a wide range of exterior timber paint available, from high-end Farrow & Ball through the popular Cuprinol, Ronseal, Dulux, and Johnstones brands. It’s worth talking to your local DIY store about which they recommend to suit your particular situation and requirements.
Painting something else?
You may want your garden shed and wooden chair set to contrast pleasantly with your fence, or to coordinate with it – either way, this guide can also be used to choose paint for any external timber. If you are looking to paint wooden decking, however, consider that the paint you choose would be best to have some non-slip properties, and that it will likely be subject to high traffic that will require it to be particularly hard-wearing. It will be best to choose your colours and application method, then look for a paint designed specifically for decking.