How to Paint a Fence: The Easiest Way

Even though it’s the inside that matters, it’s the outside that catches the eye first. The same can be said about your home.


If the outside of your home looks unkempt, learning how to paint a fence may be just the fix you need. This article will show you just that.


Starting from all the preparations you need to take beforehand to the common doubts you may have, we’re going to cover it all.


So hop on as we take you on a tour.

How To Paint A Fence?

We’re going to show you all the steps required to do the job. Read on to find more.

Step 1: Preparing Yourself

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Picture from Canva

Before you start, don’t forget to dress for the occasion. Protective gear is an absolute must when you’re dealing with paint. All those toxic fumes can seriously damage your body!


So head out and buy yourself some good quality gloves and a protective mask. Also, don’t forget to bring these painting tools and items along if you don’t have them.

Things You’ll Need

  • Plastic sheets
  • Cleaner/Power Washer (optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint Sprayer/Nook & cranny roller
  • Protective gears(gloves, mask, etc)


Step 2: Preparing The Area

First and foremost, you must prepare the area around the fence. When you’re working with paint, you may get it on any lawn furniture or plants nearby. Here’s what you need to do so that you can avoid such mishaps.

Cover Nearby Plants in Plastic

Paints contain toxins that may be harmful to your precious plants. So protect them by using sheets of plastic wrap. You’ll want to do this for any nearby plants, even if they’re not directly touching the fence.


Why? In case you’re using a paint sprayer, paint particles can land on these items. Even if you’re not, better safe than sorry.

Cover Areas You Don’t Want To Paint

Looking for some variation in your paint, or have pillars separating your fence? Then you’ll have to cover these areas too when you’re painting the fence.


This will help you to get a clean look and avoid any accidents which require you to remove the paint.


Now let’s take a look at how we should prep our fence so that we can hop to the best part.



Step 3: Preparing The Fence Surface

Heads up. This is the most time-consuming step! Although you may want to skimp on the details, make sure you prep the surface well so that the paint goes on like a dream.

Clean the Fence

Your fence collects a lot of grime and dust over time. Painting over this is a surefire step to failure. Instead, you’ll want to scrub away the top layer of dirt so that the paint sits well. For starter, a regular cleaner would do fine.


If you have a power washer, the job just got a lot easier. If your fence is quite big, we recommend you to invest in one. After all, it’s a super handy home appliance.


Take your time and make sure you reach every nook and cranny. Warning! You may be surprised to find out the real colour of your fence, once you’re done.


Another pointer! If you find mold growing on your fence, a power washer won’t cut it. In that case, go handsy with a scrub and some detergent and mould killer solution.

Repair the Fence

So you’re investing quite some time and money behind painting your fence. Now’s a good time to also squeeze in some quick fixes and repairs.

Wooden Fence
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Picture from canva

If you have a wooden fence, look for damaged or decaying boards. Moreover, look out for loose nails and broken wood.


Go over the whole fence and remove any shards or nails so that you don’t injure yourself. Then, replace any damaged board and finally, sand the surface apply primer(if needed).


Sanding the wood will buff away the top dull layer, and reveal fresh wood underneath for you to paint.

Metal Fence
how to paint a fence

Picture from Canva

If you have a metal fence, then you’ll have to deal with rust. Take a brush with metal scrapes to scrub away all of the loose rust. If you still find rust hard to remove, some naval jelly will do the trick.


Simply apply some and let the rust dissolve. Next, take sandpaper and buff away all of the loosened rust.

Step 3: Painting The Fence

Coming to the main part. There are a handful of decisions you must take before we delve into how to paint a fence. Read on to find out.

Paint vs Stain: Which One Should You Use?

Now if you’ve been reading up on fence painting, you may have hit this crossroad. Though it’s a common doubt, it’s actually quite simple.


If you’re on a tight budget, go for paint. You’ll also have way more colour options.


If you have a little more flexible budget, we’d recommend paint for you. Unlike paint, stains won’t crack or peel after a few years. So even though the initial investment is more, you’re actually ending up saving money.


The only downside is, you won’t have as many colour options as with paint.

Some Tips To Remember

  1. If you’re planning to paint a large area, it’s best you go for a spray painter. Otherwise, a nook & cranny roller will do quite well.


  1. Whether you choose a spray painter or nook & cranny roller, always paint one board at a time. Wait for it to dry and only then go to the next part. Keep a brush in hand to paint any hard to reach corners.


  1. Paint as evenly as possible and don’t miss any spots. Apply a second coat of paint in case any spot looks patchy.


  1. Don’t forget to clean your cleaning equipment after you’re done. Don’t wait for the paint to dry as this will make your job way harder.


  1. Start your paint job early morning. That way, you can avoid the direct midday sun and can call it a day after sunset.


That’s all from us. By following these simple tricks and trips, you won’t have to hire painters to achieve professional painters. We hope this post gave you a good idea of how to paint a fence.


Is there anything we missed? Have you tried painting a fence on your own? Tell us about your experience in the comments below. Until then, Goodbye!

Call us direct at Earles Paints on 07 4121 5202 for all the information you need and visit us : Earle Paint Place Maryborough.





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