Oh gosh. Sometimes I really feel like the name of my blog should be something like “What not to do so you don’t eff up your project”. Or something along those lines.
So the latest in my line of DIY mistakes (I’m on a roll lately) is such an elementary DIY goof up- yet one that I walked right into– that I can’t believe that sometimes I actually advise people on the internet how to fix up their homes.
Remember when I posted my dilemma on what color to stain my fence? Well, I ended up deciding to go an entirely different direction, and painting it white instead. I just couldn’t get that image of those roses climbing over that sweet white picket fence out of my mind:
After tons of research, we originally chose Behr’s Barn and Fence paint. It’s got fantastic reviews. But alas, our local Home Depot doesn’t carry it, so we ended up going with Valspar’s Barn and Fence Paint in Flat White in latex.
If you look at this paint, it says “self-priming”. So we thought…no primer needed. And if you read some articles online about painting a fence, they say that if you have self-priming fence paint, no primer is necessary.
And at first, it looked great, although it did take two coats to cover.
Sorry, these are unedited iPhone pics, but pretty, right?
Picture this little corner with some red and pink climbing roses spilling out over it 🙂
But then it rained. After the first rain, ugly brown spots and orange discolorations started showing through. As Michael said, it looked tobacco stained.
Turned out, new wood really needs to be primed first. Like really primed #nocheatin’. Which you’d think someone that has painted as much as we have would have figured out. That pic, above, is after two coats. It doesn’t do a good job of showing the orange, but you can definitely see the dark spots showing through. And guess what? On the paint, it even says to prime new wood first.
So I guess “self-priming” only applies to “not new” wood.
I learned later that those ugly orange stains are probably from the tannins in the wood leaching through the paint.
So far, we’ve done 4 coats on the fence. 15 gallons. And it still needs more. Fifth times the charm?
I’ve said before, I kinda like painting. It’s therapeutic for me. But this fence has, as we say in the South, done whooped me. Never again.
Moral of the story? Don’t cut corners. If you’re painting a new wood fence- prime it first!
And if you need me any weekend or weeknight between now and eternity, you’ll probably find me painting.
Edit: We were never able to get rid of those stains. The fence looks white when it is dry, but is orange stained when it is wet. Please prime your fence before painting! One more thing: that fence was a bear to keep clean with two dogs! If I had to do it again, I’d stain it brown or black-never again would I paint it white!
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