Gates offer security, beauty, and a sense of definition to your outdoor space. But they’re outside 24/7. Even under a watchful eye, they’re subject to wear and tear.

Trico Painting offers gate painting as part of our thorough exterior painting services for homeowners and HOA properties. We understand the unique challenges of painting wooden gates so we can fully restore them or give them a bold repaint to make them look like new.

What Can You Learn from Paint Damage on Gates?

Paint damage on wooden gates 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 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 gate.

  • Paint or Primers Did Not Dry Fully: Painting wooden gates is a multi-step 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 Gate: If you smell a musty smell or have noticed discoloration, you could have significant moisture damage hiding under the paint or stain on your gate. This may happen due to improper application, or due to lots of severe weather and constant exposure to those elements.
  • Your Gate Has Rotted Wood: Wood rot repair and replacement may be necessary before repainting or refinishing your wooden gate 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.

Common DIY Gate Painting Problems

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

  • Painting different parts of the gate at different times: If you don’t paint the entire gate at the same time, it is very difficult to match your primer, paint or stain finish.
  • Not laying the gate flat: Attempting to paint a gate when it’s not laying flat could lead to a drippy finish. To get the smoothest possible finish, gate doors and other components should be removed from their settings and laid flat to paint.
  • Not protecting surrounding surfaces: If your gate 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 gate staining or painting. Otherwise, you’re left with a streaky, unappealing finish.

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 to Expect from Your Gate Painting Project

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

We provide expert wood rot replacement, repair, staining, and wooden gate 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 gate 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.