Fence Paint

Advice and Information on Fence Paint 


Fence Paint Q&A
Best Way To Remove Fence Paint?

How To Remove Fence Paint From Your Path/Drive?

Firstly, the obvious thing to mention is that when doing any painting job, the preperation stage is the key - and so all surfaces that you do not want painted should be covered in tape/newspaper/dust sheets. 

Anyway, if you are in the situation of fence paint being present on a drive or path, you luckily have a fair few options available.  These options range from the simplest to painfully labour intensive. 

If you have a water based paint you are lucky as this can usually be removed with some wire wool or a metal scourer coupled with some hot sugar soap water.  If this does not work, you can hire or purchase a pressure washer and usually with no time at all the paint will be lifted. 

If you have an oil/waxed based paint then your first option is to use a paint thinner or some gasoline/white spirit/nail varnish remover with a wire brush.  It not usually worth trying a pressure washer as this is unlikely to shift it unless it is of commercial strength.  Your next option is to use a heat gun or bowtorch as long as you do not use it for too long periods. If this does not work then your final two options are either to hire a sandblaster or a dremel kind of tool to remove some of actual paving slab/stone where it is stained.

How To Remove Old Fence Paint From a Fence?

Before you look into methods and products to remove old fence paint, consider if it is actually necessary.  Usually people do this to provide a sound surface before re-painting.  However, most modern fence paints do cover a previous painted wood - you just need to ensure the surface is free from dirt and large flakes of paint are removed, then you just apply an additional coat to act as an undercoat.

If you do actually need to remove the existing water based/acrylic paint over a large fence area, you can purchase/hire a pressure washer to effectively blast off the existing paint and bring the fence back to the raw sawn wood finish.  If you have an oil or waxed based paint your options are to purchase a paint thining product and use this in combindation with a either an orbital sander or a heat gun  - and from experience I can tell you that this is hard work.