Repainting a garden fence is a relatively straightforward and simple DIY task, regardless of experience. The simple act of repainting a garden fence can not only improve the appearance of your garden, but also has a range of benefits for the fence itself too.

When to Paint a Fence

Professional decorators, such as Scott Anson Painters and Decorators Ltd., recommend painting a fence in the summer months. This is because the summer months tend to be drier, and this will allow the fence paint to dry properly. Always check the weather forecast at least 24 hours before starting to apply paint to ensure the conditions are dry.

Choosing Paint

Wood paint has been specially designed for this task, which means it is tough, durable, and can often be wiped down to clean too. The lifespan of the wood can be increased by using a primer or undercoat, and this will also mean you do not need to redecorate quite as often.

The key when choosing paint for a fence is to ensure that it is designed for outdoor use and is therefore able to stand up to the weather. If using a sprayer to apply the paint, be sure to check the paint or stain is compatible.


Before starting to paint a fence, take the time to adequately prepare the area. Mow the lawn, and trim along the bottom of the fence. Scrape away any old paint and brush away any debris or dirt from all surfaces of the fence that are to be painted. When you are ready to paint, be sure to protect the surrounding area using tarpaulin or dust sheets.


Fences can be painted by hand with a simple brush, but this is a very time-consuming method. Brushes are ideal for small areas, edges and hard-to-reach places, but for large spaces, a pump or sprayer may be better suited.

Pumps can cover areas five times faster than a brush, and sprayers can be as much as 10 times faster. When using either a sprayer or a pump, it is crucial to choose a wind-free day to complete the task, as otherwise the paint could blow onto other areas of the garden. If you decide to use a sprayer or pump, be sure to have a brush on hand to help you reach any awkward spots or edges.