Step #3: Prep the Fence
To prep a wood fence, inspect your fence for loose nails, screws, or cracked boards. Fix spots on the fence in need of repair. Allow all repaired areas to cure completely before you start painting. Disassemble fence hardware if necessary.
Note that prepping a wood fence for painting or staining is a similar process to deck stain prep. Here are the basic prep steps for painting or staining:
- Sand down your fence with medium-grit sandpaper (120- to 150-grit) to achieve a smooth finish and remove any peeling paint.
- Wipe away sanding dust and thoroughly clean your fence with a damp cloth, garden hose, or a pressure washer.
- Let dry completely.
Prepping a vinyl fence for painting is simple: Make sure the vinyl is clean, dry and in sturdy condition before priming.
To prep a metal fence, power wash the fence, or use a damp cloth and wire brush to ensure the fence is clean and dry before starting to prime.