How to Paint a Fence: Tips for an Even, Long-Lasting Finish

How to paint a fence
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Understanding how to paint a fence brings with it two-fold benefits. Painting your fence panels offers protection against the weather, meaning they will last longer, and gives your garden a fresh, contemporary look, too. 

Replacing fence panels isn’t cheap, so it makes sense to get your fence painted as soon as possible and repaint regularly to keep it in tip-top condition. Mould and algae will start to appear with time, and eventually the panels themselves will begin to rot much quicker than if painted. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.