Split rail is a type of simple fencing constructed with portions of timber logs. The fences are constructed without the use of nails and are throwbacks to an older time when metal hardware was scarce. If you need to paint a split rail fence, you must consider two factors. First, you will need to condition the wood to promote adhesion, or the paint will chip and peel. In addition, because split rail contains deep fissures within its texture, you must use a specific application process to encourage adequate coverage.
Things You'll Need
- Pressure washer
- Water source
- Electrical source
- 5-gallon bucket
- Exterior latex primer
- Roller frame
- Nap roller cover
- 4-inch latex paintbrush
- Exterior latex paint
Work on a warm, dry day.
Wash the split rail fence using a pressure washer. Begin on a low setting, then slowly increase pressure. Allow the fence to dry completely.
Fill a 5-gallon bucket to two-thirds capacity with exterior latex primer.
Apply primer to the split rail fence using the roller. Smooth out runs or drips with the 4-inch latex paintbrush.
Use the paintbrush to apply primer to any areas inaccessible to the roller. Dab paint into any holes or fissures to ensure they are coated. Allow the primer to dry for two hours.
Wash all painting tools with water.
Apply a coat of paint to the split rail fence in the same manner as you did the primer.