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I need to remove old peeling paint from my white wooden picket fence

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Rose Henderson Last reply on Sep 24, 2015

I had the fence striped and repainted about 6 years ago by a handyman company. They used a power washer which removed most of the old paint. I don't have the money to hire any one this time. Does anyone have any experience for this DIY project?

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  • Seabreezn
    Seabreezn South Portland, ME
    on Oct 2, 2013

    Hi Lorrie , sounds to me you have a "Tom Sawyer , Huck Finn " job to do ! It would be a great fall project , slight sand the bumps & old paint ...it's always the prep ! Then onward to painting for a new fence , you'll feel so good when you look at everyday . Old Fashion "elbow greese "...Spraying would be a mess , maybe "This old House.com " would have a simplier way ? Good Luck !

  • Felicity Woodruffe
    Felicity Woodruffe United Kingdom
    on Oct 2, 2013

    several things we have wirey silver scourers here that you use to get the burnt matter off the bottom of cooking pans these work really well used wet on painted wood, or a not too safe method wear good gloves and are careful it works really well, take a long triangular piece of thinnish broken glass the kind you get in picture frames hold it slightly at an angle against the wood apply a little pressure and drag the glass towards you the sharp edge removes all the paint its free but you must take care i have stripped whole door drames doors and window frames using this method good luck failing that its nitromors or a hot gun regards felicity

  • Lorrie Whalen
    Lorrie Whalen Broken Arrow, OK
    on Oct 2, 2013

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • Felicity Woodruffe
    Felicity Woodruffe United Kingdom
    on Oct 3, 2013

    an electric sander, get friends to come round hand out snacks and a glass of wine or whatever they drink and have a painting party

  • Seabreezn
    Seabreezn South Portland, ME
    on Oct 4, 2013

    Hi Lorrie - Unfortunatellly , there are no easy solutions to a flaking fence other than elbow grease or replacement . Fall is a great time for improvements ! Good Luck

  • Lorie, You can rent a power washer and do it yourself. Not all that hard or expensive. You also can sand using a sander, but that takes a lot of time if there is a lot of areas to be done. Just be careful if you do power wash it you move the wand quickly as the water pressure will eat into the wood making a bigger mess then you started with.

  • Bruce N Dala Anbuhl
    Bruce N Dala Anbuhl Daphne, AL
    on Oct 4, 2013

    It really depends on what you are doing with the fence. If you want to repaint it, you only have to remove the loose paint and prepare the secure paint for a new coat of paint. If you want to stain the wood, you have to remove all the paint. A power washer can be rented and used to remove loose paint very easily. The wand will have a lot of pressure so make sure you hold it with both hands. The different nozzles give different patterns for the right results. An electric sander can be used after the wood dries completely to prep for painting. The new paint & primer combo paints are really great for cutting down on prep work and making the overall job easier. Renting a paint sprayer would allow you to paint it in hours instead of days. Good luck!

  • Seabreezn
    Seabreezn South Portland, ME
    on Oct 8, 2013

    Well , you've answered your own question - you don't have time or physicality to do the fence . Sounds like you need to hire someone / or have a 'fence re-do party " any which way Lorrie , work is involved unless you contract it out ..

  • Eric Blaise
    Eric Blaise Ephraim, UT
    on Mar 18, 2015

    If it was painted 6 years ago and is in need of painting again, some of that wood might be too far gone to consider painting (but what do I know, I haven't seen it myself. If that is the case you should probably get a a pre built fence or parts to replace that part of the fence from your local hardware store, if it really is just paint that you need and the fence is in a good state, crape and sand the peeling paint off then apply a new coat. Eric | http://www.amazingfencing.com.au/products/timber-fencing/

  • Rose Henderson
    Rose Henderson Provo, UT
    on Sep 24, 2015

    I'm pretty sure you can rent a power washer. Just be very careful. As I'm sure you know those could really hurt someone. If there isn't that much paint left you could just go around and chip it off manually as well. It will take time, but it will get the job done. http://www.amazingfencing.com.au/

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