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picket fence painting.. uggghhhh

post #1 of 14
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Hi all, well my wife is killing me about this terrible picket fence I have in my yard... The paint is flaking off in big chuncks and shriveling up all over it, it really looks bad. I didn't put it in, but it's pretty new i'd guess (<5 years). Doesn't appear to have been primed... What is the right course of action here?

Scrape/sand old paint off


let wood dry as much as possible


Oil based primer (any suggestions on exteriour products)


Good oil based exterior paint?



Just looking for something that will hold up a few years without completely disintegrating like the current paint has. I'm not sure if the wood was PT or not, but I don't see the little holes in it so I 'm guessing not. Any input from you exterior painint pro's would be appreciated. I can post some pics tonight if that will help give a handle on how terribly the paint is peelilng...

post #2 of 14
some gas and a match, painting that will be chinese torture for sure,
post #3 of 14

Power wash,Spray primer, or use a good paint primer built in spray it on. Rent a gun if you have too. Yeah otherwise hook it to a class 3 hitch n take it for a ride.

post #4 of 14
Rent a powerful pressure washer and blast off all the loose stuff. Let it dry for a few days and then prime and paint it with a spray gun.
post #5 of 14

Depending on how good you want your fence to look, there is a biodegradable and an environmentally friendly product called Back To Nature Tough To Strip.  The optimum weather is between 65 -85 degrees.  You can roll it on with a 1/'2" colling cover, wait for an hour two, look at it and depending on how many coats of paint is on it, you might want to repleat the process and then you can power wash it off.  Make sure you check the tip of your power washer because you can pit or mark the wood if you get to close or don't know what you're doing.  Then let it dry for a couple of warmer, rain free days, prime it with a good exterior penetrating primer and then top coat it with a good latex exterior satin or semi gloss paint.  You can go on the Back To Nature website to find the exact product.  It's expensive, but it's the best product out there.  I didn't mean to bore you, I've been doing this for 32 years and this would be one of the best ways to do it.

post #6 of 14
Use a solid stain. It won't build up and peel like paint.
post #7 of 14
Same as above...a solid stain is what you want...
post #8 of 14
Power wash the snot out of it to get the old paint off....then spray w/a solid stain.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 


Originally Posted by gray gables View Post

some gas and a match, painting that will be chinese torture for sure,

believe me, I really want to... but my wife thinks the fence is "cute" or "quaint' or something gay like that...


post #10 of 14

 If the paint powerwashes off easily, mix a can of dark stain and Thomsons deck sealer, and spray it on with a garden sprayer.

post #11 of 14
Power wash and spray a solid stain.
post #12 of 14

Price out a vinyl one.  Wood pickets are a PITA to paint.


But like the others said, pressure washer, sand as needed, and then use a good stain.  Cabot or Sherwin Williams brands.  You'll get what you pay for.


Some people will say no primer under a solid color stain.  Personally, I would prime it first with an oil-based primer tinted to the finish color.  California's "Troubleshooter" is a good one as is Ben Moore's "Fresh Start".


If you spray, follow with a brush and brush in the stain.  Otherwise, I would use a hot dog roller and follow with a brush to brush it in.  You can roll on the oil primer as well.  Get a cardboard box and slide it under the pickets and move it with you as you paint.  It will keep the paint off the ground and the grass / dirt off the freshly painted pickets.  Also will keep the dirt off your brush /  roller.


Make sure that the bottom of the pickets aren't touching the ground.  Also not a good idea to throw down mulch around the pickets.  They shouldn't be touching anything on the bottom.  This will help keep ground moisture off the picket.  Otherwise, they will peel quickly and rot quickly.


You should get at least 5 years from a quality stain on a fence.  If you bust your butt and it starts flaking, then like I said go price out a vinyl picket. 


And it is very important that the fence has time to dry out after you pressure wash it.  You're better off waiting until the weather gets warmer (to be safe, I wouldn't bother until the temp is regularly 70+ every day).  If you pressure wash it this time of the year, it ain't gonna dry out for quite a while.  If you put on the primer and stain when it ain't completely dry, it ain't gonna take.

post #13 of 14

How about a pic of the fence?

post #14 of 14
I just did that last year the good news is when your done it looks great but I used a solid stain by benny williams the best part of the job is getting it done..

Good luck but remember the spring run takes priority...
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