How to Paint a Fence in Humid Weather How to Paint a Fence in Humid Weather

What You'll Need
Trimmer
Water-based degreaser
Brush
Primer (metal or wood)
Paint (outdoor fence paint, metal or wood)
Sandpaper
Metal wire brush

To paint a fence properly on a humid day with lasting results you will have to take some special precautions. Painting in humid weather is tricky because the humidity prevents the paint from sticking and drying properly. This becomes a bigger problem when you want to paint a metal object such as a surrounding metal fence. Paint doesn’t stick voluntarily to metal and it is much worse in humid conditions. This also applies to wooden fences but the problem caused here is of a slightly different nature. In the case fences made out of wood the problem is that because of the humid climate, once painted they will start to crack a bit if you don’t use an appropriate paint. To prevent the havoc that humid conditions can wreak on your painting project, follow these steps.

Step 1:  A Warm Day

To achieve the best of results pick a warm day to start such a project, maybe even in summer. Warm air will neutralize any humidity found in the atmosphere helping the paint to dry quite quickly and effectively.

Step 2:  Cleaning the Area

The next step is to clean and clear the area surrounding your fence. This is not only for aesthetics purposes but even to eliminate humidity because certain plants and weeds attract the unwanted humidity and spreading it around the area of your wooden or metal fence. So make sure to clean the area properly.

Step 3: Cleaning the Fence

For a wooden fence all you have to do is sandpaper it properly to get rid of old paint chips. For a metal fence you have to use a coarse brush to remove all of the remaining old paint and oil. The latter can be done by using a water-based degreaser. While using the degreaser, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, to prevent harming yourself. Once done rinse everything with water.

Step 4: For Metal Fences

Metal fences require another step to remove completely the old rough paint. This can be achieved by using a common metal wire brush to remove the old paint chips and rust in such a way to eliminate the possibility of oxidization. You can skip this step if you bought a new galvanized metal fence.

Step 5: Adding a Primer

You have to add a primer to both the wooden fence and the metal fence; the only difference is the type of primer to be used. A primer is very important because it creates a protective layer between the object and the paint eliminating the effects of weather. Leave the primer to dry properly. If needed, apply more than one coat.

Step 6:  Painting the Fence

Once the primer has dried you can now paint the fence. Use an paint designed for exterior use. Leave it to dry for at least 2 hours. If necessary, you can apply another coat.

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