Choosing The Right Fence

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Choosing The Right Fence

When we bought our house, we weren't sure if we could afford to install a fence. I was concerned that a vinyl version would be too much, which is why I didn't ask for bids on them for awhile. However, a friend of mine suggested a really incredible fence contractor, and it was incredible to talk with him. He came over and walked us through our different options, and he kept our budget in mind. After the fence was up, we had peace of mind knowing that our children were safe in our yard. This blog is dedicated to helping new homeowners choose a great fence the first time around.

Add Primer And Paint To The Steel Fence That Surrounds Your Flower Garden

Improve the appearance of the steel fence surrounding your flower garden by removing paint that is flaking off, sanding the damaged areas, and adding a fresh coat of paint. Once you have completed the repair, the beauty of the fence will complement the items that you have planted.  


  1. vinyl tarps
  2. paint chipper
  3. emery cloth
  4. water hose
  5. scrub brush
  6. industrial strength detergent
  7. paint brushes (various sizes)
  8. exterior primer
  9. exterior paint
  10. clear top coat
  11. mixing stick
  12. paint tray

Remove Paint Chips And Sand The Steel

Place a vinyl tarp on each side of the fence to collect paint chips. Use a paint chipper to remove paint that is flaking off of the fence. Lightly sand the areas that are missing paint with an emery cloth. An emery cloth is flexible. It has sandpaper attached to one side of it, similar to a hand sander. It can easily fit in small crevices, making it an ideal tool to use.

After the fence's surface feels smooth to your touch, rinse it off with a water hose to remove residue that remains on its surface. If any stains are present, use soapy water and a scrub brush to remove them before spraying the fence off with a water hose. After the fence's surface is clean wait for it to dry completely.

Apply A Coat Of Primer And Paint

Mix the primer and pour it into a paint tray. Use a paintbrush to apply it to the fence's surface. Move the brush up and down. Use a thin paintbrush to fill in any small crevices. Wait several hours for the primer to dry. Apply mixed paint to the fence with a standard paintbrush. Try to add the paint as evenly as possible. After the paint dries, a second coat can be added if you would like the fence's surface to be a deeper color. Wait for the paint to dry.

Add a clear coat of paint that is designed for exteriors over the paint. Thoroughly mix the product before adding it. The clear coat of paint will protect the paint from fading or chipping. It will also add shine to the fence's surface. Add the clear coat with the same steps that were used for the primer and paint. After the clear coat dries, remove the tarps from the ground and admire the appearance of the fence. The fence will look newer and will enhance your flower garden. Contact a fencing contractor, like Watt Fencing, for help.