What Type of Paint for Wooden Fences?

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Wooden fences are relatively easy to paint, providing a straight surface that is easy to reach. Choosing the right paint can help to create a professional, long-lasting job.


A wooden fence takes constant abuse from weather extremes, UV light and pests. Choose a durable exterior paint with UV inhibitors. Both oil-based and latex paints work well.


Wood is prone to mould and mildew growth, particularly if you live in a humid climate. Choose paint that contains fungicide.


High-quality exterior paint is thick and evenly textured. Avoid the cheapest brands, which may be thin or contain extenders. Avoid pricey designer paints as well, in which you are paying for a celebrity name rather than an improved paint.


Each can of paint is labelled with the number of square feet that it should cover. Actual coverage varies by application. Compare brands to find the best coverage per gallon.


Even the best paint cannot do the job alone. Use a stain-blocking exterior primer for best results. Apply a thick coat of primer and allow it to dry overnight before painting.

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