What Sheen Exterior Wood Fence?


Flat or matte paint finish is often used for house siding. A matte finish has a nonreflective surface that’s low luster, so it hides surface imperfections. However, flat/matte finish paints are the least resistant to stains. Satin or eggshell paints offer one level of sheen up from flat or matte.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of paint do you use on a wooden fence?

acrylic latex paintMost professional painters recommend using an acrylic latex paint on a wooden fence because it provides a good moisture barrier that will not only protect your fence from rain, but also garden sprinklers and other sources of water.

What is the best paint for outdoor wood?

Here are the best exterior paint you can buy:

  • Best overall: Behr Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Paint and Primer in One.
  • Best for siding: KILZ Exterior Siding, Fence, and Barn Paint.
  • Best for wood: Rust-Oleum Zinsser PermaWhite Exterior Paint.
  • Best for brick: Glidden Premium Semi-Gloss Latex Exterior Paint.

What do you paint a fence with?

OR Cuprinol Spray and Brush equipment or 1 x 2” paintbrush and a roller.

  • Brush off loose dirt and protect surrounding area with a plastic dust sheet.
  • Use a roller to paint all the flat surfaces and a brush for the edges and fiddly bits.
  • Allow to dry thoroughly and apply a second coat.

What kind of paint to use on a wooden fence?

Barn paint (also sold as barn and fence paint) is fortified with ultraviolet inhibitors, elastomeric polymers or special oils and is extremely durable. Some paints have both paint and primer and can usually be tinted whatever color you desire.

Which is the best wood stain to use on a fence?

The natural cedar color enhances the appearance of your fence without masking the natural beauty of the wood grain. Ready-Seal Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer has a reputation for being easy to apply and doesn’t require back brushing, like some other fence stain formulas.

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