Is your fence in need of a makeover? Follow these quick painting and staining tips to turn your tired, old fence into backyard statement piece. Your fence is an important part of your home. It provides security, privacy, and—with proper care—a great deal of curb appeal. Once you have invested in a fence, routine maintenance can keep it strong and looking good for years. By maintaining the finish, you will be preventing damage from rot and insects and helping to slow decomposition.
How Often to Paint Your Fence
Types of Paint/Stain to Use
- Painting a fence can be less expensive, but may require more frequent maintenance depending on your region and the quality of paint used. Painting will also require some additional preparation before re-painting.
- Staining can be more expensive initially. The stain may cost less per gallon than paint, but you may need more of it to complete the job. On the other hand, stain absorbs into the wood better than paint. Instead of chipping and peeling like paint, the color will just fade away over time.
If you are concerned about color, stain now comes in a variety of color and opacity options.
Before You Begin
- Plan for any help in advance—working with a friend or neighbor will make the process faster and more manageable.
- Research your paint or stain choice—ensure it is high-quality for a long-lasting finish and consider how the paint or stain color will look as the fence weathers.
- Budget your job and determine your needs for tools and materials.
- Make necessary repairs and prepare the work area for painting/staining.
- Check the weather forecast for optimal time period to complete the project. It is best to work on your fence when temperatures are between 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity is low to moderate. Do not paint when precipitation is in the immediate forecast or expected within the time necessary for drying. Avoid painting your fence on windy days to prevent paint drifting into unwanted areas.
- Plan to complete the job within a specified time frame, including drying times.
- In addition to maintaining the seal on your wood fence, be sure to keep moisture away from the surface by having the wood slightly above grass level, keeping grass trimmed and bushes and ivy out of direct contact.
- Always use gloves and a face mask when sanding and working with toxic chemicals.
Ready, Set, Paint!