Paint peeling from garden fence


Postby jopugh » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:43 pm

Hi

About a year ago my husband painted a new wooden garden fence and wooden top to the sandpit. He used a combined primer and undercoat. All the paint is now peeling off...badly!

Was it a mistake to use a combined primer and undercoat?

I want to paint the fence and sandpit lid again, but don't want to make the same mistake as before.

Please help.

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Postby stoneyboy » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:53 pm

jopugh,
"Was it a mistake to use a combined primer and undercoat?" ----> Yes you need to use a stain intended for applying to external bare timber.
You will have to remove all the old paint - try using a pressure washer.
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Postby jopugh » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:04 pm

Thanks Stoneyboy

Once I've stained the fence (having removed all the paint!), can I then paint it?

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Postby stoneyboy » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:38 pm

jopugh,
No you must allow the wood to breathe through stained finish. See if you can locate an architectural stain in the colur you want.
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Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:50 pm

paint will not adhere properly to a stain. was the timber exterior grade? if it is pressure treated timber it cannot be painted. unseasoned timber cannot be painted either. many hardwoods, teak in particular, will also resist paint. best to stain it.
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