Selecting Primer For Outdoor Wooden Fences
Wooden fences are an aesthetically pleasing addition to many yards or landscapes, and countless wooden fence designs are available to complement a given area. A good coat of paint can help protect your wooden fences and keep it looking glossy and bright all year. Before painting your wood fences, you must first give it a coat of primer to seal the wood. Check the type of wood with which your fence is made. Wooden fences made with red species of wood, such as cedar or Douglas fir wood, require an alkyd- or oil-based primer. The alkyd or oil particles help keep the red particles in the wood from bleeding into the final coat of paint, which can result in strange, muddled coloring. For any other type of wood, an acrylic latex primer or oil primer will suffice. Verify that the primer contains a mildewcide and zinc oxide in its list of ingredients or features. Mildewcide kills existing mildew spores that may be in the wood fence, while zinc helps keep mildew from growing after you’ve painted the fence. This is especially critical if your backyard has a warm and humid microclimate, which is especially prone to mildew problems.
Read the primer’s label and make sure it works well with the type of paint you plan to apply it after it has dried. Some primer products are specifically formulated for certain styles of paint, such as high-gloss paint. If you already have a paint chosen for your wooden fences, the primer you choose must be compatible with it. Look for volatile organic compounds ratings if you’re worried about the potential health problems related to formaldehyde, benzene and other VOCs in primer and other paint products.