The Community Fence

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I am one of those types that like to stay involved in my community because I believe in giving back in any ways possible. This particular summer I have decided to hook up with people in the neighborhood and restore our local park back to its past brilliance. The duties involved will include replacing and cleaning equipment for new benches for picnics, grills, and fences, and I hopefully have the end result that the community can all come together to get this project off the ground successfully. In order for us to get this done without a hitch, I have taken charge in certain areas by deciding to re-do the fence that surrounds the park. Restoring fences is something that I have experience in and I know that once they have been properly sealed, the entire community will be able to enjoy their splendor and beauty for years to come.


There is nothing like a freshly painted fence to make an impression and I have been playing around with a few color schemes that I believe will help the park look its absolute best. Since I have taken up this task, I have decided to also use some of my own supplies, beginning with my reliable and compact paint sprayer that will enable time to get a lot done in no time at all. The majority of wood fences are constructed from cedar since it tends to age more naturally, turning a silver color over time. Still, there are those out there preferring the appearance that painted wood fences give. While painting is not at all difficult, here are some tips to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.


Gathering Materials

Painting materials

For outdoor use, you will want to use paint that is premium quality and also have a primer that has been formulated specifically for projects. You want to look for those that have UV inhibitors and has been tested to withstand the harshest of elements. And if you are the type of person that thinks all paint brushes are the same, think again. Invest in some better options with bristles that are strong enough for your project, and you will be able to hit those corners and paint with confidence.


Painting the Fence Before Putting It Up


You should begin painting the fence before it has been put into place. Paint the stringers, boards, and even the posts before you start constructing the fence. Of course, it is easier to paint boards when they are laid in the garage nailed to the fence. The ends of boards should be stained or painted as well, as end boards will be in the elements.


Prepping the Fence

Man cleaning the fence

If you have already installed the fence, then the next step is cleaning up before you begin painting. This means clearing it of seeds, cobwebs, and anything else that may be lurking in the corners.


Priming the Fence


Bare wood should be ideally primed before painted and the methods for applying it are the same as in painting. Just ensure it is dry before moving on.