How to Paint a Wood Gate

How to Paint a Wood Gate


[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, I’m Cole Schaefer,
professional painter, and welcome to Dunn-Edwards
Paints “How to Paint” video series. Freshening up the
paint on a gate is a great way to give
the exterior of your home a mini makeover. It will give your house
and yard a fresh new look and feel with minimal
effort and money. Now, in order to have
a freshly-painted gate, all you need are some
basic painting tools, high-quality paint, and
a few hours to spare. In this video, I’ll show you
how to properly prep and paint your wood gate so it
ends up looking its best. Now, when starting
a painting project, avoid using any old paint
that’s been lying around in your garage for a
long period of time, as this will not provide
the quality finish you’re looking for. Instead, you’ll want to
select the right type of paint specifically for your gate
and in order to do this, you’ll need to take into
consideration the type of gate, whether it’s made
with wood or metal, and its current condition. So let’s take a
look at this gate. This is a redwood
gate that’s painted with a water-based paint. Now, it’s in OK condition but
it does have some paint peeling and cracking. So look at this area
around the hinge. The wood has rot so it
will need to be replaced before we can begin painting. If your gate is in
better shape and doesn’t have any cracking
or peeling paint, then all you need to
do is sand it lightly to promote good
adhesion and apply two coats of a high-quality
water-based paint and you’re done. But if your gate was
previously painted with an oil-based
paint, then you need to sand the gate
and prime the gate before applying
two coats of paint. If you’re unsure of
what type of paint is currently on your gate,
put some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rub it
over the paint on your gate. If the paint wipes off
onto the cotton ball, it’s a water-based paint. If the paint doesn’t wipe
off, it’s an oil-based paint. Since this gate
needs a little TLC, we’re going to replace
the hinge and prep the surface for priming. Start by laying down a large
piece of plastic or canvas drop cloth underneath the gate. Try to use a piece
that’s large enough to cover both sides
of the gate so that you don’t have to move
it when you switch sides and place some heavy objects
on top of the plastic or canvas drop to keep it
from blowing around. So before we begin priming, we
need to create good adhesion for our top coat. Start by removing any peeling
paint by using a paint scraper. Then, use sandpaper to
feather or smooth out any real damaged areas. Next, lightly sand
the entire gate. If any patching is
required, here’s a tip. It’s best to sandwich
your patching compounds between coats of primer. This encapsulates
the patching compound and protects it from
moisture damage. So start by priming
the entire gate. Then, after the paint is
dried, patch any damaged areas. Lightly sand the
patches and then prime the patched areas once again. Now, before you start
painting, you’ll want to consider taping off the
sides of the house, the fence, or any other structures, such
as the brick or the walls. Also be sure to mask
off any hardware. This way, you won’t have
to worry about painting anything but the gate itself. Now, I like to use Dunn-Edwards
Premium Orange Masking Tape, as it provides a clean,
straight edge, no bleeding through, easy one-day
removal, and is a heck of a lot cheaper
than other premium tapes. Now that the gate
is prepped, here’s another tip before painting. Avoid painting in direct
sunlight if possible. Wait for a time of day
when the area to be painted is in the shade. Why? Well, heat from the
sun will increase the temperature of the surface. The surface temperature,
along with the ambient heat, will make the paint
you’re applying dry faster and limit the amount of time you
have to create a nice finish. Now, you’ll want to use
a primer specifically for the surface you’re painting. Since this is a redwood
fence, I recommend using a primer
that can block out tannin stains, such as
Dunn-Edwards EZ-PRIME Premium, which is an exterior
acrylic primer that provides excellent enamel
holdout and tannin stain resistance on wood, such
as redwood and cedar, which are prone to
tannin staining. Apply the primer using
a paintbrush, which is more effective than a
roller for spot painting. Hold the brush as you would
a pencil for maximum control to prevent fatigue. Now, allow the primer
to dry completely before applying the paint. Because today’s water-based
paints dry quickly, use a paint roller to help you
apply the paint over a very large area faster so
you can keep a wet edge and brush out the paint
for a smoother finish. The approach for
painting this gate is to paint the
frame parts first. Use a brush to paint the hinge
and latch sides of the gate. Then, get your roller cover
ready to paint the door itself. Start by cutting in all
the edges around the gate and around any
hardware or hinges, if they were not removed. Now, use your roller to apply
the paint over the entire door. Once all the paint is applied,
go back and use your brush to get a smooth finish. Work as quickly as possible,
as the paint will dry. Now, touch-up any
pieces of hardware or any other spots that
need it with a paintbrush after you have finished
painting the rest of the gate. Now, be sure to check
for any paint drips and smooth them
out with your brush before they have
a chance to dry. Once the gate has
completely dried, remove the masking
tape and you’re done. Hopefully, this
video will inspire you to put a fresh coat
of paint on your gate, knowing how easy it is to do. To learn more about paint or
painting, watch other “How To” videos at
dunnedwards.com/videos. For all of us here at
Dunn-Edwards Paints, I’m Cole Schaefer. Thanks for watching
and happy painting.

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