How to paint your fence – the 5 steps to freshening up your fence

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Spring is nearly here and you’re going to be spending more time in your garden. Nobody wants to look at a worn on, tired-looking fence, so it’s time to spruce up your fence. chatted to Jimmy Englezos, Senior Product Manager at Ronseal, to find out how to freshen up your fence. Here’s how to paint your fence in 5 steps.


You can’t paint your fence on a wet day, you’ll need to wait for a good weather forecast.

Jimmy said: “Plan your project for a warm day when the weather is forecasted to be dry for the whole time you’re planning for the project.

“If it’s been raining, allow the fence to thoroughly dry out before starting (unless you’re using Ronseal FenceLife Plus, then you can get going five hours after rain as it sticks to damp wood!).”

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Clean and cover

Painting over dirty wooden fences is a DIY faux-pas, you need to give the fence a good clean first.

Jimmy said: “Make sure there is no dirt or debris on the fence. Use a stiff brush to remove the dirt.

“If there is any loose, flaky old paint then either get this off with the brush or use a bit of sandpaper.

“Cover any plants with a dust sheet and tape off any areas you don’t want to get paint on.”


Make sure you’ve got the colour right before you paint the whole fence – this will save you wasting time and a load of paint.

Jimmy said: “Before painting, thoroughly stir the paint you’re using until the colour is consistent throughout.

“Next, check you are happy with the colour by testing it out on a small area of the fence – remember that if the fence is previously painted in a dark or bold colour, it may take more coats to get the desired colour with the new paint.”

Once you’ve done all of the above, you’re ready to paint that dreary fence.

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Jimmy recommends starting with “a loud of paint” on your brush. He said: “Dip the brush so that the paint is no more than halfway up the bristles.”

You should paint one panel at a time, going with the woodgrain.

He added: “Don’t spread the paint too thinly and if you see any drips running down the fence then brush through them to prevent them streaking down the fence.”

If you don’t want to use a brush, try using the Ronseal Precision Finish Pump Sprayer.

All you have to do is pour your Ronseal fence paint into the sprayer, pump it up and spray in a sweeping motion about 15cm away from the fence. You can use the precision setting or speed setting.

With this tool, you work in horizontal lines, dropping down and overlapping by around 50 percent with each new line. If you notice drips, then use a brush to brush through them.


When you’re done painting, wash your tools out in warm, soapy water, or if you’re using the sprayer then follow instructions on the box to clean the parts.

Remove the excess paint from the brush with a paper towel or clean cloth first and then dip it into the soapy water.

You can use a specific brush cleaner or just dishwashing soap, it’s up to you.

To find out more about how to clean paint brushes, click here.

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