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Don’t forget about your yard! The interior of your home shouldn’t be the only area getting a face-lift.
Your yard is the first impression of your home – rusty fences and gates don’t paint a pretty picture for the rest of the home. Your fence deserves some love – a revamp with a fresh coat of paint.
Scrub and Sand
Always ensure your fence is clean before any paintings starts: hose down any cobwebs or leaves, and leave to drive thoroughly. For a really deep clean consider a pressure cleaner.
The next step is to remove any old paint and rust to ensure the fresh paint sticks and looks great. The harsh elements that your fence is exposed to, such as wind, rain, and the scorching sun, cause metal fences to break down and ultimately rust.
To do this, use a wire brush to scrape off dust and old paint from the fence. Never forget to wear a mask to protect yourself from all the loose particles! Medium sandpaper or a sand blaster will remove any residual paint or rust you didn’t manage to scrape off. Don’t worry you don’t need to remove all the existing paint on the fence – just any loose particles – so finish off your sanding with a dusting brush.
Pull Out Your Calculator
This simple formula will save you from spending too much on paint you don’t need, or leaving you with a half-finished fence.
To work out how much paint you need for your fence:
- Multiply the total length and height of your fence
- Double this number (because you have two sides to paint, rather than one flat surface)
- Divide this number by fourteen to work out how many paint tins you need
Prevent a Mess
Use drop sheets, tarps, or newspaper to cover anything you don’t want to end up painted – like your pavers or grass. For fiddly edges and corners, masking tape or painters tape is great!
Treat the Rust
All the scraping and sanding will not completely remove the rust on your metal fence. To ensure your fence is rust-free utiliser a rust converter, such as White Knight, to help ensure your fence will not continue to degrade after it has been painted.
Simply pour your rust converter into a container, and brush it into your fence (wiping away drips and spills as quickly as you can). Then leave it for two hours.
Tip: Rust convertors also work well as a bases for your primer and final coat of paint.
This step can be optional; it all depends on the state of your fence. If your fence is new or has little signs of rust you can skip, however if your fence is older than you or is covered in rust, then this step is a must.
A metal primer, such as White Knight’s Rust Guard, will add both extra rust protection and help your final coat to stick to your fence. Stir the primer, then apply it with a roller and roller tray, finishing off the fiddly bits with a brush. Avoid painting straight from the tin, or you will ruin the primer for future use.
Tip: If you’re using a dark top coat, be sure to pick up a dark primer – otherwise, white primer is fine.
And Finally… Paint!
Your fence is ready for its top coat! Apply an epoxy enamel, such as White Knight’s Rust Guard, in the same way as the primer. Be sure to sand down any rough bits between coats. Leave the first coat on for at least sixteen hours before applying the second coat.
Tip: Wash down your brushes and rollers with a rust guard solvent so you can use them on your next DIY.