DIY: How to spray-paint a picket fence

IS YOUR fence looking tired or in desperate need of a lick of paint? Do it yourself in three steps:

Step 1: Prepare the surface for painting

Begin by washing down your fence with a high-pressure water cleaner to remove any flaking paint and surface grime. Once the timber dries, scrape and sand your pickets to smooth down any remaining paint. Reach in with a sheet of sandpaper to clean up the edges.

Step 2: Prepare to spray

For paint to work with a spray gun, it needs to be slightly diluted. Thinner paints need about 50ml of water per litre, thicker paints need about 100ml. Mix the water into the paint and pour the mixture into your spray gun. Then put a drop sheet over the areas you don't want painted.

Step 3: Apply paint

Hold the spray gun slightly off to one side when facing the fence. This way you paint the edges of the pickets as well. Once the whole coat is applied, follow up with a paintbrush to even out or "lay off" any thicker sections or drips, especially around the screw heads. Then let the paint dry and cure before applying a second coat.

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Tools:

High pressure cleaner

Spray painter

Paint scraper

Stirring stick

Materials:

Paint

Hand sander

Gloves

Safety glasses

Dust mask

Sandpaper

Sanding block

Paintbrush

Masking tape

Drop sheet

Bucket


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