How To Paint A Timber Paling Fence? The 2-phase Guide

Timber fencing or timber paling fencing is quite a traditional kind of fencing around Australian households. Not only does it provide a unique outlook to your street, but there are also a number of additional perks that you’d receive.

However, today, we’re not concerned about how aesthetic these timber fences are. We’re rather shifting our focus on how to paint a timber paling fence to make it elegant over again and last them long.

How To Paint A Timber Paling Fence?

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How Would You Like It To Paint?

Before we dive into the topic of the day, we’d take some moments to make things easier to

decide for you in the first place.

As you know, there are three kinds of maintenance chores for a timber paling fence-

  • Painting
  • Oiling
  • Staining


As long as we’re going with the first option, let’s put it in this way-

While painting, the timber paling fences will lose the natural timber accent and color of it. Instead, it’d wear on the solid color that the paint itself comes with.

Eventually, when you decide to paint the timber fence with a particular color, there won’t be any necessity to paint it over again for a number of years. To enjoy longevity, you must go with premium-quality paint in the first place.

Got your motives? Let’s dive into the core of today’s topic-

Phase 1 of 2: Selecting The Right Colour

How To Paint A Timber Paling Fence?

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In the first phase, we’d focus on selecting the right color for your timber paling fence. It might sound less-significant. But let us tell you- one wrong choice of colors might lead to a disaster-looking garden, and drive you to repaint it soon.

Step 1: Let The Colour of Your Plant and Grass Stand Out

One of the primary intentions of painting a timber paling fence is to let the color of your lawn and trees stand out. And if you go with a colour that’s too similar to the colours of your trees and grass, that would ruin the purpose.

Hence, select the paint in a way that makes the foliage of your plants stand out.


Step 2: Dark vs Light

As most of us hate using dark colors on our walls and ceilings, the concept might get into your

head while painting the timber face as well.

But that would be a very basic and miserable mistake.

In fact, dark colors are more likely to let the foliage of your green plants and grass stand out. And finally, it will not make the area feel small or so.

Step 3: Avoid Bold Bright Colours As well

Just in case you’re in love with bright colors, that also can be an option. Just make sure that the shade of the color is not ultra-bright. Otherwise, the shiny and glittering fence will become the top feature of the garden instead of the trees and all other greenery.

Step 4: Go For Some Test Drives At First

Although it’s nothing compulsory, if you have a choice to try a couple of colors first before going

all in, that would be fantastic. Select one or two corner fence posts to do this trail on.

For these test paints, keep them behind some foliage to get the vibe of how they’d actually look like.

Phase 2 of 2: Painting The Timber paling Fence

How To Paint A Timber Paling Fence?

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Now, we’ve got the right color (or at least, close) in hand. What we need to do is gather the right

tools and get to the painting chore.

Here are some tools you’d need throughout the process-

  • The paint in your chosen color.
  • A spray system.
  • A broom or brush.
  • Drop sheets.
  • Wood filler(optional).
  • Sanding block or sanding paper.

Gathered them all? Here go the steps-

Step 1: Clean and Dismantle 

Before doing anything else, get rid of the specks of dust, debris and other surface attachments that are not part of the fence itself. For starters, you can brush down the entire fence thoroughly. In case any stubborn spot or specks of dirt are still there, use a stiff bristle brush to take that off.


Don’t use anything wet or water-based for this stage. Keep the whole fence dry and clean by the end of this step.

Step 2: Scrap It And Fill The Cracks

In case your fence is not a new one, you would notice a number of uneven surface tops along with cracks in between the timber blocks. Also, if it had been painted previously, there will be flaking and loose paints as well.

Take a sanding block or sandpaper and scrap the whole fence inch-by-inch to make it smooth and ready to be painted. Also, the cracks that we’ve talked about, can be taken care of by using some wood filler. Apart from cracks, nail holes, degraded wooden chips etc can fall into this category.

Step 3: Prepare the Fence and The Sprayer

We’ve mentioned two sorts of preparation in the title of this step-

  1. Preparing the fence itself and nearby areas.
  2. Preparing the paint sprayer.

First off, lay drop sheets around the fence base, and clear away low hanging branches and other clutter.

Next on, you need to prepare the paint sprayer by filling it up with the selected paint. There might be some sprayer settings that you have to adjust as well – check sprayer instructions.

Step 4: Start Paint Coatings

Based on the wood type and condition, start with a couple (or three) of generous, slow coats of

paint. In between each coating, you need to give it a couple of hours to dry.

While laying the paint coats, apply it in a vertical motion for one coat, and a horizontal one in the next one. Keep going until the final coat is done applying.

Step 5: Wrap Things Up 

Once the final coat is done, wrap up the drop sheets, the sprayer power supply, and the paint supplies and accessories. Make sure that the paint won’t be touched for whatever span of time your coats will need.

Also, check for any chances of raining while attempting the whole process. Rain might ruin the paint if it doesn’t dry yet.

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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