A Guide to Painting Your Fence This Summer

Summer is an ideal time of year to paint your fence. The warmer temperatures and sunnier days allow the wood to breathe and dry out without the worry of constant winds and rains. As one of the most reputable fence contractors in Montgomery County, we’re proud to advise our current and potential customers on the best ways to approach fence painting this summer.

Things You Will Need for Fence Painting


Once you’ve decided to paint your fence, you will need to pick a color and choose what paints you are going to use carefully. Make sure that any paints you consider are explicitly designed for exterior wood; this will ensure that it’s durable and can be wiped clean with ease. Using a primer before you paint will help to increase the lifespan of the wood, meaning you probably won’t need to repaint your fence for a long time.

Brushes or Spray Equipment

If you intend to paint by hand, we recommend purchasing a selection of high-quality paint brushes. Certain types of trellis can be hard to brush by hand and time-consuming. Therefore, it may speed up the process if you invest in a power sprayer or pump. Using a power sprayer may also help you to achieve a better finish. However, make sure the paint that you use has been formulated to be used these specific tools.

Optimum Conditions

It’s perfect for painting your fence on a summer day that is warm, dry, and with little or no wind at all. So check the weather forecast before setting your panels out for painting.

Surface Preparation

For bare wood, lightly sand the surface to improve the paint’s adhesion. Fill any cracks or holes with a suitable filler. Also, fix any signs of decay or damage. After cleaning and repairing the timber, wait until it dries and rub it down with sandpaper until it feels smooth.

For previously painted wood, lightly sand the surface with P240g sandpaper before painting. If the old paint is cracked or showing signs of decay, it should be fixed up entirely before painting.

The Painting Process

Remove or cover all nearby plants and objects that may get splashed with paint. Apply a layer of primer to all panels and allow 16 hours for them to dry, then paint your fence evenly with your chosen tool. Start at the top and work down the fence panels, making sure that all areas are covered in paint.

After allowing 4-12 hours for the paint to dry, apply a second coat of paint if one is required. Once the paint has completely dried, remove any covering from nearby objects, clean your brushes and painting equipment, and admire your beautiful handiwork.

For more information or to book a consultation with one of the leading vinyl fence companies serving Bucks County, and surrounding areas, call Greenhill Fencing, Inc. at 267-329-3005 or click here today.