When you have a home, one of the ways you can improve the look, as well as the overall security is to install a fence around the perimeter.
There are many different kinds of fences you can put around your home, one of which is solid wood; this creates a sort of classic look and has a timeless appeal.
When you have a wooden fence, you can choose to leave it exactly as is, but some people like to paint or stain it to give it a different look than the wood is naturally.
There are numerous ways to paint a fence but some are more time intensive than others.
A dirty fence is no foundation for a paint job, certainly not one that you are going to want to last for a long time.
Just imagine the look that a fence would have if it were covered with dirt, to begin with, and then you took a dark blue paint and painted on top of that layer of dirt — what would you get?
You would at best get a dark blue dirt-covered fence, which might look like a partially painted blue fence the next time a strong windy rain might roll through your neighborhood.
There are numerous ways to clean a wooden fence. Still, a recommended way is to use a pressure washer (carefully) to remove any of the dirt, grime, and even the mold and mildew that may have accumulated over time on your fence.
The reason we suggest caution with using a pressure washer is that if you are not careful and either use too much pressure or stand too close to the fence, it could cause long term damage to the fence.
The next step in the process is to protect things that aren’t going to be painted, particularly if you are going to be using a spray painting technique to paint your fence.
This involves taking tarps and heavy drop cloths and covering the ground and any walls of your home that you do not want to be sprayed with paint.
Heavy drop cloth is particularly recommended for the ground near your fence as lighter weight material tends to shift and shuffle around as you walk on it, leaving the ground unprotected.
It’s important that you prime the fence prior to painting it as you will want to give the wood a good seal.
The kind of primer that you will use is entirely dependent on what type of wood is used to make your fence, so you will want to do some research on what primer is best for your kind of wood.
In any case, using primer is certainly better than not using primer prior to painting your fence.
This is the last step in the process, and it can be one of the most complicated ones depending on how you choose to do it.
You can of course paint with a paint brush, which is a more time consuming process but is an easier way to do it.
On the other hand, you can use a spray painter to get the job done a bit faster (quite a bit actually) but the trick is that you have to learn the spray-painting process, which can be difficult for some to pick up.
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