Is your wooden outside gate looking old and weathered? If it hasn’t been refinished lately it probably is. Wooden outside gates can easily be refinished. Over the years the weather takes a toll on the painted finish. Refinishing the wooden gate will protect it and bring it back to life.
An oil based exterior paint will work best. Your gate is exposed to the elements. Oil based paint will prevent moisture from absorbing into the wood. It can withstand rain and even snow without cracking, peeling, chipping, or losing it’s color for at least 10 to 15 years.
Lay plastic down on the ground around the bottom of the gate. Do this on both sides. Use duct tape and plastic to cover anything surrounding the gate that you don’t want paint on. This will protect your gates hardware. It will also protect your pavers, stone, bricks, etc. If these surfaces get oil based paint on them it will not come off.
Choose the color you would like your gate to be. White and black are the most commonly used colors for painting wooden outside gates. You can dare to be different though and give your property a burst of color. Gates look great in shades of red, blue and green.
To prepare the wooden gate for it’s new finish you should use an electric handheld sander and rough grit sand paper to remove all of the old finish. Once all of the old finish has been removed switch to a fine grit sandpaper and sand the gate again. The rough grit removes the old finish. The fine grit gives the bare wood a smooth surface for the new finish to adhere to.
Wipe the entire gate down well with a dry cloth to remove all of the dust created and left from sanding. If any of this dust remains it will get trapped under the new finish resulting in bumps and blemishes. Once the gate is clean you can begin to prime it.
Primer is used on wood surfaces under the paint for several reasons. It seals the wood. It also helps your color to coat evenly. Stir the primer well then pour it into a clean paint tray. Apply the primer using a large paint brush or small roller. Use a small paint brush to get the corners and the edges. Allow the primer to dry for 1 hour before applying your color.
Once the primer has had time to dry you can begin to apply the color. Pour some of the oil based paint into a clean paint tray. Use a clean paint brush or a clean roller to apply a thick even coat over the dry primer. Allow the first coat to dry for 1 hour then apply a second. Allow the second coat to dry overnight then in the morning apply a third coat. Wait one hour then apply a fourth coat. The fourth coat is the final coat. Your gates will be water resistant and your color will be full and rich.
Wait at least 6 hours before removing the tape and plastic. If you do it to soon after the final coat you risk bumping or smudinging the paint. Doing so could result in damage to your new finish.