How to spray paint a picket fence

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How to spray paint a picket fence

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Project Overview

Spray painting is a fast and efficient way to paint a picket fence. You will learn how to prepare the surface of the pickets with a high-pressure cleaner and how to dilute the paint so it flows freely through the nozzle. We also show you what angle to hold the spray gun to get the best results.
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How to build a picket fence

Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare the surface of the picket fence for painting
2 Prepare to spray the picket fence
3 Spray paint the pickets on the fence
  • Step 1. Prepare the surface of the picket fence for painting

    Begin by washing down your fence with a high-pressure water cleaner to remove any flaking paint and surface grime. Once the timber dries, scrape and sand your pickets to smooth down any remaining paint. Reach in with a sheet of sandpaper to clean up the edges.
  • Step 2. Prepare to spray the picket fence

    For paint to work with a spray gun, it needs to be slightly diluted. Thinner paints need about 50mls of water per litre, thicker paints need about 100ml. Mix the water into the paint and pour the mixture into your spray gun. Then put a drop sheet over the areas you don’t want painted and you are ready to go.
  • Step 3. Spray paint the pickets on the fence

    Hold the spray gun slightly off to one side when facing the fence. This way you paint the edges of the pickets as you are painting the face. Once the whole coat is applied, follow up with a paint brush to even out or “lay off” any thicker sections or drips, especially around the screw heads. Then let the paint dry and cure before applying a second coat.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Bucket
  • Dust mask
  • Gloves
  • Hand sander
  • High pressure cleaner
  • Paint brush
  • Paint scraper
  • Safety glasses
  • Spray painter
  • Stirring stick

Materials

  • Drop sheet
  • Masking tape
  • Paint
  • Sanding block
  • Sandpaper
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