How to Paint Your Fence

How to Paint Your Fence

How to paint a fence

What you will need:

  • Shed paint such as Cuprinol Ducksback, Cuprinol Garden Shades
  • Medium pile standard roller and roller tray
  • Brushes
  • Medium/course grade sandpaper or sanding pad
  • Protective sheet to cover floor, grass or plants
  • Stiff brush for removing loose dirt


Before you start

The wood needs to be completely dry so the best time to apply any paint or stain is after a dry spell and when no rain is expected for a few days, we recommend painting your fence in Spring/Summer months.

Allows check manufacturers instructions before you paint new sheds as sheds which have been dipped or pressure treated may need time to dry out.

 How to paint a fence step 1

Step 1

Always ensure the surface to be treated is clean, dry and free from any dust, algae, fungi or moss.

  • Brush away any loose debris or dirt using a stiff brush
  • Pull out any old nails or screws sticking out of your panels
  • Remove any hanging baskets or objects that might be in the way
  • Sand down any rough areas to ensure they are smooth or flat as possible to get the best finish possible
  • Cover any plants or flooring you wish to protect from splashing


How to paint a fence step 3

Step 2

  • Using a brush start painting the edges and hard to reach areas 
  • Depending on what you prefer use a roller or wide width brush and work your way from the top to the bottom
  • Using horizontal strokes for horizontal planks of wood and vertical strokes for vertical planks
  • Avoid runs and drips by not overloading the brush/roller

  • Once your first coat is dry, apply a second coat, repeating the steps above, see tin for details of drying times.

Note: 2 coats will help to give your paint colour depth, ensures a longer-lasting finish and increases your protection benefits.


How to paint a fence

Step 3

Once your second coat is dry, you can remove the protective covering from your plants and admire your freshly painted fences. Safe in the knowledge that they will look great for years to come and your hard work is done.



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