When it comes to painting your fence, it’s best not to think about the time and effort it’s going to take. It’s the end result you need to think about.
Painting your fence will lift your home off the pavement and make it a standout amongst your neighbours. But until you paint your fence, you don’t see how unattractive a plain timber fence actually is.
The reason so many put off painting their fence is that it is a massive undertaking. And once you start you can’t go back.
So, if you’ve decided the elbow grease is worth it, it’s time to get the process started. Here are some tips to set you on the right path.
Choosing the right colour
There is no right answer on what the best paint colour for your fence is, as preferences differ. What I can tell you is that the most popular fence colours are Grey, Charcoal and Almost Black respectively. The decision between the three is primarily one around how bold you want to your fence to be. You also need to consider your garden and how much you want your greenery to “pop”. The darker you go, the better your backdrop will be for all that lush and beautiful green plants.
Time to paint it
In applying fence paint, you have two options: you can either go old school and apply with a brush or you can use a spray gun.
For obvious reasons, applying by brush is harder work. Wood is porous, so you’re likely to have to apply more than one coast.
However, painting with a gun can go very wrong very quick (and you could end up painting the neighbours home as well as your fence). It’s best to leave this up to the professionals.
If you’re sharing a boundary fence with a neighbour, the best colour to paint fences is one that you agree on. Even if you’re only painting one side of the fence, it always helps to collaborate with your next door neighbours when you’re sharing a fence. This way, if they like the colour they may decide to paint their side too. If you’re on the same page with your neighbours it will be easier to maintain your fence in the future.