How to Paint a Fence Part 1

painted boundary fenceBesides its cosmetic effects, paint provides outdoor structures with protection against the elements. Fences, in particular, need a protective coat of paint every 2 to 3 years. They're usually built away from other structures and trees, which could otherwise shield them from the elements. Paint helps iron and metal constructions resist rust and corrosion. It also fortifies wood against the effects of wind, rain, snow and extreme temperatures. Fence-painting is a time-consuming, but important, undertaking. By doing it at suggested intervals, you can strengthen the fence, reducing the likelihood of it needing to be replaced. If you want to learn how to paint a fence, follow these steps.

Prep the area around the fence. Preparation is a critical phase of fence-painting. You want to protect the vegetation along the fence line while readying the surface for painting. This is a time-consuming process, but it makes the job easier.

  • Mow and edge the grass along the fence line. Trim back bushes and shrubs that abut the fence. Use a leaf blower to blow dirt and grass clippings away from the fence line.
  • Spread a drop cloth or plastic sheeting under the section of fence you'll be painting. Keep it in place throughout the project to collect residue from prep work and protect against spills.
  • If the fence was previously treated, scrape off loose or flaking paint.
  • Pressure-wash or sand a new, untreated wood fence. It's best to sand a fence that was painted before. This helps the paint adhere to the wood. If necessary, use a scrub brush and a 1-to-1 mixture of bleach and water to eradicate mold on the fence. Let the surface dry.
  • If you're painting iron or metal fencing, use a steel brush to remove rust and then sand the surface with medium-grit sandpaper.
  • After sanding, wipe off residue with a clean rag.
  • Seal and tape off parts of the fence you don't want to paint, like ornaments, gate latches and handles and other hardware.

fence paint

Pick the right paint for your job. Make sure you use an outdoor paint on your fence. These are specially treated to withstand the effects of weather and come in a variety of types.

  • Acrylics: Acrylic paint is durable, providing an excellent layer of protection for your fence, but you might have to apply a primer to an untreated surface before you can paint.
  • Acrylic stains: Stains bring out the natural beauty of the wood and usually don't require the primer coat that paints do. They also are easier to re-coat and require minimal surface prep.
  • Oil-based outdoor paint: Oil-based paints may require multiple coats and may not protect as well as acrylics, but they do provide a superior-looking finish.
  • Enamels: Enamel paint is ideal for iron fencing and gates. Usually, you'll need to treat the surface with a rust-inhibiting primer.
  • Automotive epoxy paint: The benefits of automotive epoxy are, it's a 1-step process and is very durable. You will have to mix in a hardener with this paint, which does force you to get the job done within about 6 hours.

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Electric Fences

<p><img src="/images/electric-fence-wall-top.jpg" alt="electric fence wall top" style="margin-left: 20px; float: right;" />Electric Fences are used to increase the security of a boundary wall, and are an electrified barrier added to the top of a boundary wall or fence.</p>
<p>Make sure you check the by-laws in your area before erecting an electric fence, or any wall or fence, as local authorities and municipalities have their their own by-laws that must be complied with.</p>
<p>An electrified fence is an electrified barrier erected on top of a boundary wall or fence, and may not be a freestanding electric fence.</p>
<p>No freestanding electric fences may be erected along any boundary, in such a position that it would allow people to accidentally come into contact with it. Electric fencing is erected to keep intruders out, so should not be erected in such a way that a passer-by could accidentally come into contact with it.</p>
<p><strong><img src="/images/electric-fence-top.jpg" alt="electric fence top" style="margin-right: 20px; float: left;" />Electric fences must always conform to the following specifications:</strong></p>
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">• They must not be any higher than 450mm.<br />• They must always be at least 1.8 m above ground.<br />• They can only be erected on top of walls or fences.<br />• They must never encroach over site boundaries.</p>
<p>Other wall-top barriers, e.g. barbed wire, should never be electrified, as the purpose of electric fencing is that a person who touches the electric wiring, will let go immediately.</p>
<p>Electric fences are an excellent deterrent to would-be intruders, but we can’t stress enough, they should never be a danger to anyone else.</p>
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Crime Prevention Roller Barrier Wall Topping

child climbing fenceIf you are in need of an anti-climb barrier that is child proof, yet will protect your property from unwanted people climbing over your fence, then a “Roller Barrier” is the ideal solution.

The Roller Barrier System consists of unbreakable roller cups, which are flame retardant, threaded onto a central shaft, supported at intervals by fixing brackets. The cups are too large to get a grip and rotate freely and independently on the shaft, thus forming an unstable barrier that is extremely difficult to climb over.

The Roller Barrier works effectively at:

1.    Keeping unwanted people out of your property
2.    Is impossible to grasp to get a handhold to climb
3.    Spinning action makes sure it can’t be climbed over

Climb Prevention RollerCrime prevention Roller Barriers can be used extensively to protect your property, you can even have a double row if your wall height is a bit low.  You can install them on walls, and gates, to keep intruders from climbing onto your roof and feel more secure.

Not only are they grip-proof, should anyone try to climb over, but the alarm will also go off and alert you to a possible intrusion.  This is a safe way to keep children and pets inside your property while keeping possible intruders outside.

It is a great way to secure areas you are not sure of, where a ladder or other means to climb over is possible and ensures that your property is safe for your family’s protection.

View more information here: Global Demand for Anti Climb Roller Barrier

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Enamel or acrylic paint?

Plascon Multi Surface PrimerThis topic has bothered me for many years and I have never managed to find a helpful answer. If I’m coating a previously painted surface, how do I know what type of paint was used? I assume it is important to know because water-based and oil-based paints are very different.

1.    Is it possible to ‘prime’ an existing oil-based paint with a universal undercoat and apply a water-based paint over this? I prefer to use water-based paints because cleaning the brushes and rollers after use is so much easier.
2.    Is there an advantage to using enamel over water-based paints?

A Toni Stella the Paint Fella replies: 

Determining whether the surface was painted with acrylic or oil-based paint is very important.

Testing for an oil base:
•    Soak a cotton wool ball or very soft cloth in methylated spirits, alcohol, or lacquer thinners and rub it back and forth over the area.
•    If the paint rubs off (dissolves) and you see the other color below, you know it’s an acrylic product.
•    If no paint is removed, it’s oil-based paint.multi surface primer
Oil-based enamels can sometimes be painted directly over acrylic (however, it is not acceptable in industry practice). Special preparation is needed to cover oil-based paint with acrylic.

Covering oil-based enamels with acrylic:
•    Surfaces previously painted with oil-based enamels must be abraded with a Scotch-Brite pad and a solution of sugar and soap.
•    Rinse with clean running water and repeat until a matt surface is achieved.
•    Apply a coat of Plascon Multi-Surface Primer and allow it to dry for four hours at 23˚C.
•    Apply the final coat of acrylic paint.
•    Your brushes and tools can be cleaned with water.

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Foundations

You can use a fresh coat of paint to bring new life to an old basement, an exterior masonry wall, brick, or even a garage floor. With proper preparation, painting surfaces like these can be simple, and the end result will be worth the effort.

What You'll Need

•Power washerpaintingconcrete
•Bleach or mildewcide
•Scraper
•Wire brush
•Safety goggles
•Gloves
•Face mask
•Tri-sodium phosphate
•Plastic bucket
•Scrub brush
•Concrete patch
•Paint
•Floor texture
•Brush cleaner
•Primer/sealer
•Tape
•Plastic wrap
•Brush
•Roller
•Roller covers

Step 1 - Clean the Surface

As with most painting projects, preparation is the biggest key to your success. If at all possible, ppressure washingower wash the surface first. This is the fastest and easiest way to remove old paint and any debris that will interfere with new paint. Use the power washer with some bleach or mildewcide if there is mold or algae present. However, you may be working inside, or in a place where the mess of a power washer isn't appropriate. If that’s the case, tackle cleaning with a scraper and a wire brush instead.

After all of the loose paint and debris have been removed, make sure that the substrate is clean. Any oil or grease on the masonry surface will bleed through the paint, causing discoloration, and possibly interfering with the longevity of the paint job. Use tri-sodium phosphate, also simply known as TSP, to clean the concrete surface before applying any product. Put on safety goggles, gloves, and a face mask; then, mix your TSP cleaner in a bucket according to the manufacturer’s instructions and scrub it onto the surface with a scrub brush to remove any grease or oil and ensure that your paint will stick well.

Step 2 - Make Any Repairs

Ireparing concretef you have any defects in the surface to repair, use a simple, ready-mix concrete patch to fix them after you clean. Refer to the manufacturer's recommendations when trying to assess how long the patch should dry before being painted.

Step 3 - Select Your Paint

When choosing your paint, the most important thing to keep in mind is location. Where is the paint going to be applied? When you’ll want to use interior over exterior paint—or vice versa—is fairly self-explanatory. Many manufacturers actually do make specific masonry paints, and some are even designated as floor paints, so you shouldn't have a hard time finding what you need if you pay attention. There are also additives for your floor paint that can give it some texture or grip. This material is inexpensive and doesn't change the color but does prevent the slips that can occur when wet feet hit a slippery floor. Some kits also come with decorative chips that are added as the paint is applied.
If you are using oil-based paint and primer, you will need mineral spirits or paint thinner to clean your brushes, and most likely yourself.

Step 4 - Seal and Prime

Almost any masonry surface needs to be both sealed and primed before the paint is applied. The sealer is often clear but keeps moisture from coming through the concrete. This is especially true in basements, which tend to hold moisture anyway. If you are not sure whether your basement has been sealed or not, tape all four sides of a square of plastic kitchen wrap onto the floor and leave it for 24 hours. If the floor hasn't been sealed, you will see condensed water between the plastic wrap and the floor that has evaporated up through the concrete. Check with a paint store or your local home improvement store’s paint department when selecting your products. Buy a quality masonry sealer and a primer that complements it. Use the two-step process of sealing and priming to build a strong, water-resistant foundation for your paint.

Step 5 - Paint the Surface

After your sealer and primer coats are completely dry, apply the paint. Use a paintbrush to do detailed work such as around windows and trim or baseboards. You alsopainting conrete wall need a brush for cutting in along the walls when painting a floor. A roller can be used to do the bulk of the painting, but make sure to read the manufacturer's recommendations as to what size nap to use. At least 3/4-inch or one-inch nap is recommended. Buy at least three roller covers, one each for the sealer, primer, and paint.

Apply several thin coats, rather than trying to apply one very thick coat, as paint actually forms a harder surface when thin coats are laid on top of each other. One thick coat often results in a gummy or soft surface. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly; this is often called “curing.” It means that the paint has dried through all the layers down to the original surface. Paint dries to different thicknesses, or “mils,” depending on its sheen and makeup. The thicker the mil of the paint, the longer this process can take. Paint applied to floors or walls in basements may have a longer curing cycle.

After your final coat of paint is applied, allow the paint to cure for the recommended time. If the paint is on the floor and you don't let it dry long enough, it may dry with footprints that will never go away.
Painting a masonry or concrete surface, be it walls or floors, inside or out, can give new life to your home. A space that may once have been dank and dirty can now be bright and clean. You can actually increase the amount of livable space you have just by adding some paint.

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