Is your fence a fading, weatherbeaten eyesore? Want to improve the curb appeal of your home? You can refresh your worn fence with no more than a sturdy scraper, a paintbrush and quality paint. The following are tips and information to help you renew the structure that guards the perimeter of your property.
Selecting a Paint
A good fence paint hides imperfections, enhances the beauty, and ensures longevity. It should be easy to clean and complement your home’s exterior. The best fence paint for you will depend upon the material your fence is made of and the condition it’s in. Cracks, discoloration, mould and mildew need to be addressed before painting so repair and clean your fence before applying paint. There are three main types of paint formulas to choose from.
- Latex paint is naturally breathable, won’t trap moisture and is less likely to crack than oil-based paint. It’s recommended for wooden, vinyl, brick, stone and stucco fences. You can’t go wrong with Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select Latex paints, which are durable and resist cracking, fading and peeling.
- Oil-based paint soaks into the surface, giving it excellent adhesion, stain-blocking abilities and a glossy finish. It’s slow to dry but long-lasting and dirt resistant. It’s recommended for metal fences as it prevents rusting, stains and discoloration.
- Wood stain is a good choice for protecting and beautifying sanded wooden fences. It’s durable and long-lasting but slow to dry. It acts as a sealant, protecting your fence from harsh weather and UV rays. Check out Benjamin Moore’s ArborCoat line of quality oil and water-based stains.
Choosing a Finish
To decide what finish works best for your fence, consider the strengths and drawbacks of each.
- Flat or matte paint has a non-reflective surface that hides imperfections. However, this paint sheen is the least resistant to stains.
- Satin or eggshell paints are shinier and easier to clean than flat or matte paint. They resist stains and do a moderately good job of hiding surface imperfections.
- Semi-gloss is a compromise between matte and gloss. Your fence will shine, stand up to wear and tear and resist staining.
- Glossy paints create a hard, shiny surface that is durable and long-lasting but highlights imperfections. They’re highly resistant to stains and a good choice for metal fences but less suited to wood or masonry.
Deciding on a Colour
The colour you choose to paint your fence does not need to match but should complement the colour of your home’s exterior. It should add structure and definition to your space without overpowering your home. Neutral tones (black, white, gray, brown) are a good choice. Want to be a little adventurous? Try a brick red or deep green.
Preparation and Application
Once you’ve chosen your paint, finish and colour you’re ready to start applying!
- Do a test run by painting a small, out-of-the-way part of the fence and letting it dry for 24 hours.
- You can apply paint with a brush, a roller, or a sprayer.
- Brushes and rollers are best for smooth, flat surfaces, with lots of square footage.
- A paint sprayer is versatile and can be used to coat fences of all kinds, including metal and chain link.
- Apply two coats of paint to get maximum beauty and protection from the elements.
Painting or staining your fence will help preserve it and improve its appearance while adding curb appeal and value to your home. Experts recommend you paint every 2-3 years. Protect your investment with routine maintenance and enjoy a beautiful fence for a long time.
Thinking of painting your fence? Need advice regarding paint, stain and/or painting supplies? Call Calgary’s independent paint and blinds store West Hillhurst Paint + Design at (403) 270-9696 or email at email@example.com. Our knowledgeable professional design associates provide high-quality paint and stain, a wide selection of blinds, advice for home projects and excellent service. We carry Benjamin Moore products. Call for a consultation today!