Give Your Wooden Fence A Marbleized Appearance

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Upgrade your wooden fence with painting techniques that will give it a marbleized appearance. As a result, your property will have a unique border that will be appealing to look at.

Use These Supplies

  • electric sander
  • low and fine grit sandpaper
  • soap
  • sponge
  • water hose
  • paint tray
  • stirring tool
  • oil based primer
  • oil paint (a few colors)
  • fine tipped paintbrush
  • paint roller
  • painter's tape
  • standard paintbrush
  • oil based polyurethane

Sand And Clean The Surface

Sand the surface of the fence with an electric sander, using both low and fine grit paper. When finished, clean the fence with soap and a sponge. Rinse it off with a water hose. Apply painter's tape to any areas that you do not want exposed to the primer and paint.

Apply Primer And A Base Coat

Apply a thin, even coat of primer with a paint roller or standard paintbrush. Wait a few hours for the primer to dry. Before applying any paint, determine how you would like the surface of your fence to look. You can use a dark or light color to paint the entire fence and then add a different color to give it a marbleized appearance. Apply the first coat of paint in straight lines. Work from top to bottom. Wait for the paint to dry completely before deciding if you would like to add a second coat to deepen the color.

Add Marbleizing Effects

Use a color of paint that complements the first one. Pour the paint into a tray so that it will be easy to access. Dip a sponge into the paint, making sure that one side is thoroughly covered. Apply the sponge to the surface of the fence, placing it in random areas. There is no wrong way or right way to do this. If you would like to blend the two colors of paint together in some spots, rub the paint in circular motions with a cloth. Once you are satisfied with the way the fence looks, wait for the paint to dry.

Add Veining

Small, thin lines that appear in various parts of the surface will give the illusion of veining. Use a fine-tipped brush and make random marks on the fence. The veining does not have to look the same throughout the surface. Make lines that are crooked and others that are straighter with additional sections branching off. Give the paint plenty of time to dry. Since some areas are overlapped with different shades of paint, the drying time may take a little longer.

Apply A Protective Coating

Add a coat of oil based polyurethane to protect the marbleized surface that you have just created. Stir the polyurethane and use a paint roller to apply it in straight lines. This material may take several hours to dry. Once this has occurred, enjoy the way that your freshly painted fence looks.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Maximum Fence or a similar company.