Cedar fencing can withstand all kinds of weather without applying any paint or finish to the material. Many homeowners still prefer the look of painted fencing to material that looks natural though. If you are afraid of losing the cedar's beautiful grain by hiding it with paint, whitewashing is a viable alternative. It's a job that can be done over the weekend, or even quicker with the help of family or friends.
1. Gather Tools & Materials
Start by gathering the following items that you'll need to whitewash the fence.
2. Prepare The Whitewash
You can create your own whitewash by combining 1 part latex paint with 1 part water in a bucket. Stir it well to make sure it is thoroughly mixed. For a light whitewash, add 1 ½ parts water to the mixture instead. You want the paint to be the consistency of dairy cream when it is ready to use.
3. Paint On The Whitewash
Whitewash must be applied in small sections to prevent the whitewash from drying before you can rub it into the wood. Start with your large paintbrush to paint the length of the fence board, and the small paintbrush to get into the tiny creases in the fence. Always paint with the grain of the wood, but do not stress about it being perfectly even. It is okay if the fence is not completely covered in a layer of paint, since you'll be correcting this in the next step.
4. Rub The Whitewash In
Once you are finished painting a section of fencing material, use a rag that is clean and slightly damp to rub in the whitewash. Do not rub so hard that it removes the paint you just applied. You want to use light strokes that will wipe off the excess latex paint, but not remove the light layer that is on the fence.
Once the paint has dried, you will know exactly how light or dark your whitewash job is. You can easily make the fence more opaque by adding another coat to the fence, using the same set of instructions.
If you need help whitewashing your cedar fence, contact a local fencing contractor in your area. Not only can they do the job for you, they can make repairs as well while they are there.
I still remember the day I realized that we might need a new fence. Although we had an older picket fence, our pets were able to escape without a lot of trouble. One day, our pet Sparky made it all the way to our neighbor's yard, where he was working on destroying his least favorite garden gnome. After paying to replace the statue, I headed straight to the fencing showroom to look for the right model and the best contractor. After meeting with a few different people, I felt really good about one contractor who had been in business for a long time. Read this blog for more information about fencing.