The hit and miss fence is a design classic. It gives your garden fence a look of depth and character while it provides an excellent amount of privacy. However, due to the nature of the fence, its best features can also be a nuisance, especially when it needs sprucing up. 

Of course, the easiest way to spruce up a fence is to repaint it. But how does one repaint a hit-and-miss fence? Here is a guide to help you get your fence looking great.

Why is it Difficult to Paint a Hit and Miss Fence?

A hit-and-miss fence is designed with three main elements. The front boards, the backboards, and the vertical stands. The front and back boards can be vertical or horizontal. However, It looks like it is time-consuming and fiddly to get a brush into all those gaps behind the front and backboard. You’ll have trouble accessing every part of it. 

It doesn’t have to be complicated. 

Pick a Paint and a Painting Method

This step is more important than you think. We’re not just talking about colour here; we are talking about the finish, how long it will last, and how much protection your fence will get from the elements. 

Consider your area and the type of weather you get. Some paints are formulated specifically to protect the wood where rain is frequent. Other paints are designed to not chip and peel over long periods. Yet, other paints have defences against fading when exposed to sunlight. 

Your painting method will also alter the way you paint your fence. If you opt for spray paint, you will want the tools needed to spray the fence and paint specifically formulated to work with that tool.

Brush Vs. Spray

Both options have their pros and cons. 

Brush Pros Spray Pros
  • Can have friends and family around to help.
  • Come in all shapes and sizes.
  • It gets into all the nooks and crannies.
  • Brushes are cheap and easy to use.
  • It can cover large surfaces quickly.
  • It gives a better overall finish.
Brush Cons Spray Cons
  • Takes a long time.
  • Can leave strands of hair behind. 
  • Expensive.
  • Chances of paint being caught in the wind and covering the garden are high.
  • Tricky if you don’t know how to use it. 

Sand Your Fence

This is not a necessary step, but it can improve the overall finish of your fence. If your fence has been painted before, this step can make a noticeable difference. Any peeling paint from the last paint job can make the new paint job look old and uneven. 

Set a Day to Paint your Hit and Miss Fence

Ideally, painting a fence is something you want to be doing in the Summer. You want to be painting on a dry, warm day. Rain will ruin your hard work. Wind can make things tricky, especially if you are using spray paint. 

Have all your materials ready to go for the day when the weather is set to be perfect. Ensure the heat will last long enough for your paint to dry. There’s nothing worse than spending all day painting for it to rain all night and ruin your hard work. 

Invite Friends and Family

Painting a Hit and Miss Fence has the potential to be a long and boring job. By inviting friends and family down to help, you can turn it into a fun day in the garden. Have a table with cold refreshing drinks and delicious snacks, then give everyone a paintbrush. The more people join, the quicker the work will be done, and you’ll have some good memories to go with it. 

This step is unnecessary if you are spray painting everything, but it can inject some fun into what would otherwise be nothing but a chore. 

Get Painting Your Hit and Miss Fence

If you are using a primer, do that first. Make sure you give it 16 to 24 hours to dry. If your fence is primed and ready, get straight on with painting. Here’s the method. 

Step 1. Paint the vertical stands first. These are the pieces that are holding your fence in place. Make sure they get good coverage on all sides.

Step 2. Paint the distant slats. Whether you call the deep slats the hit or the missing part, these inside ones are the trickiest. Paint, and get the back, bottom, and top parts done. 

Step 3. Paint the rest. The slats that are sitting closest to you. If you were to paint these first, they would end up with drips as you paint the inside slats, so paint them last. 

Spray Painting Step 1. Cover any plants or furniture you don’t want the paint to hit. 

Spray Painting Step 2. Start spraying. 

Repeat every 2-3 Years

How often you need to paint your fence will depend on the weather you face throughout the year and the type of paint you use.

However, you will eventually have to follow these steps once more, so make sure you bookmark the page. 

Do You Need a New Fence?

Despite all we do to protect our fences with paint and other protective supplies, they will eventually wear out. If you have gone to paint your fence and found it has become a victim to wood rot or the wear and tear of weather, contact Last Lawn Projects.

We offer everything you need to get a completely new fence in your garden. We have panels, posts, post caps, and gates to suit every taste and budget and serve all of Glasgow and the surrounding areas. Simply Click Here or call 0141 844 0042 to get your quote today.

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