Fencing should be a sturdy barrier that protects and delineates your property, providing privacy for you and your visitors. But fencing around backyards, patios, and pool areas is constantly subject to wear and tear due to constant exposure to the elements.

Trico Painting offers fence painting as part of our thorough exterior painting services for homeowners and HOA properties. We understand the unique challenges of painting wooden fences. We can fully restore them to bring out the beauty of their original finish, or give fences a bold repaint to make them look like new.

Common DIY Fence Painting Problems

It might be tempting to paint or stain wooden fences on your property yourself. But DIY fence painting can have its own challenges. Here are some problems our clients have most often run into:

  • Painting different parts of the fence at different times: Patching fence paint seems like a good idea at the time. You’re just correcting small imperfections, right? If you don’t paint the entire fence at the same time, it is very difficult to match your primer, paint or stain finish.
  • Not protecting surfaces: If your fence is near outdoor furnishings, other exterior wood that you have painted or stained a different color, or landscaping, don’t forget to cover and protect those surfaces. Not doing so means drips, potential damage to landscaping and plants, and more DIY projects you didn’t plan for.
  • Going against the grain: Following the grain is key to success, even fence staining or painting. Otherwise, you’re left with a streaky, unappealing finish.
  • Insufficient priming: “Self-priming wood” sounds tempting, and like it would be a lot less work. But you must prime your wood surfaces before painting, staining, or repainting wooden fences. If not, you’ll see unsightly discoloration as soon as the wood gets wet. Depending on the condition and type of wood, multiple coats may be necessary.

Perhaps the biggest challenge to DIYers is the lack of access to professional-grade wood painting products and tools. Low-quality brushes, paints, preservatives, primers, and stains mean less durability, and more frequent repaints.

What Can You Learn from Paint Damage on Fences?

Paint damage on wooden fences can tell you a bit about the cause of that damage. While you can’t avoid 100% of paint wear and tear, you may be able to avoid greater issues in the future. Here’s what some of the most common paint damage may be telling you:

  • Paint or Primers Did Not Dry Fully: Painting wooden fences is an involved process. If your paint, primer or stain doesn’t fully dry before applying the next layer, your finish will be weakened.
  • Moisture is Damaging Your Fence: If you smell a musty smell or have noticed discoloration, you could have significant moisture damage hiding under the paint or stain on your wooden fence. That could quickly degrade your wood, so you’ll want to address it as soon as possible.
  • Paint was Improperly Applied: When paint goes on too thick or too thin, or when it is not even and seamless on the surface, your finish will not be as durable as you hope.

Proper paint application helps avoid excessive chipping, bubbling and popping on the surface of your painted or stained wooden fence.

  • Your Fence Has Rotted Wood: Wood rot repair and replacement may be necessary before repainting or refinishing your wooden fence if it’s damp and musty, if you see spores or metallic-colored dust, or if the wood itself seems to be crumbling. Since wood rot spreads, surface repairs should be completed as soon as possible to protect your fencing .

What to Expect from Your Fence Painting Project

If you’re ready to upgrade and improve your wooden fences as part of your exterior painting service, Trico Painting is ready to work!

We provide expert wood rot replacement, repair, staining, and wooden fence painting to strengthen and beautify your outdoor areas. We’re experienced working with a variety of finishes, and with completing painting projects of all sizes for homeowners and HOAs.

Our thorough exterior painting quote will include any surface preparation and repair, staining, or painting services your wooden fence needs to stand strong and look its best.

Get stunning results from all your exterior wood surfaces. Contact Trico Painting for your exterior painting estimate today.