12 Dec Painting Your Own Fence
Now that you have your own fence it’s time to paint using a quality paint. Don’t delay in getting started, after a light sand to clean from dust and dirt you should aim to get at least one coat on within the first week of completion. By achieving this you are well on the way to protecting your fence from such things as Post Splitting, Shrinkage, Surface Checking and Water Traps all of which create dry rot and warping timbers. Also you have started the process of stopping the Merbau pickets from bleeding, each coat will ensure that this happens less and less.
Once the first coat is applied it’s time to do any filling that may be necessary using a quality exterior poly filler. Apply two more coats on the pickets and frame of the fence concentrating on all overlap and junction areas. The open grain of the picket tops is also very important. The Posts require five coats in total. These are still a green timber (not kiln dried) , this will help build up a genuine seal and help keep the moisture in the post.