We have been slowly transforming our 'backyard' AKA courtyard since moving into our Victorian inner city home.
The previous owners kindly left us a cheap and nasty shed which was located in the left hand corner of the space (I forgot to take a before pic, but the you can see the discolouration in the fence where is was originally located).
Three sides of the neighbouring fence are in ok condition - apart from one section which is literally crumbling. We have decided to leave this for now until phase 2 of the make-over (which will involve sorting out drainage problems etc).
Phase 1 of our make-over was to remove the shed and to spray paint the fence. We bought a spray gun which cut down the painting by hours and painted it in Dulux Domino - a dark grey with cool undertones.
The first coat took us around 1 hour in prep time using Cabot's Deck Clean plus 2 hours to spray paint.
The following day my husband painted the second coat in just 1 hour! He watered down the paint a little more for the second coat which worked a treat.
I cannot rave about using a spray gun enough...it saved us hours and hours of paint time and there was practically no mess to clean up. Just ensure that you soak the spray gun afterwards to ensure it doesn't get clogged!
I sprayed our backyard fence on the weekend. We had some old sections of fence which didn't look great, especially near new boards.
The spray gun was very quick and easy to use. I used Dulux RapidFinish.
Very happy with the results, although not sure we got the colour right. We were expecting more of a darker grey and less blue/purple tone.
Example of the fence before:
A couple of after shots:
Now we need to get planting!
How hard are the spray guns to clean? I'm not a fan of cleaning up!
And how accurate are they? How did you ensure that you didn't get paint on the timber boards above the fence?
You do need to clean the gun well to ensure it doesn't get clogged in future but the unit I had was relatively easy to disassemble and clean. It wasn't a lot more time than cleaning a brush or roller.
You do need to cover surfaces you don't want to get paint on, like brickwork for example. Although the gun is reasonably accurate there will be splatter, so preparation is important. I spent a lot of time taping up newspaper on the timber boards to cover them. But every time the wind blew through the boards the newspaper would lift off - the gentle paint tape I was using wasn't really strong enough, but I didn't want to use anything that might damage the boards. I found it was easier just to tape a couple of lines, cut in with a brush and use a large piece of cardboard to shield the boards whenever I had to spray near them.
Looks great @Jason! Did you use Domino Grey by Dulux? It definitely has blue undertones. Grey is so hard to get right!