Pre-Priming Fence Project

June 8, 2012


Pre-priming project in our shop: Fence material was delivered, stacked to dry until the right moisture level was achieved, mechanical application (brush and roll) of an oil base primer and then mechanical application of the latex top coat. The primer was tinted to match the final finish coat. 12 gallons of primer were used which is twice the amount of primer which would have been used if the structure was painted after assembly.


This is a fence that a client of ours is putting onto their house to replace an existing fence. Their primary concern is to have a fence that lasts for as long as possible. It’s a beautiful house in Mt. Baker, and all this wood, this cedar, was delivered to our shop, and we will be priming all six sides in a controlled environment.

Here we are in the actual priming phase of all of our fencing material. We’ve allowed it to dry, and now we are in a controlled environment, priming all the wood on all six sides with long oil primer. I’ll show you exactly what I’m doing.

So, the difference between spraying, where the material is airborne and just rests on a surface – this mechanical application is actually working in the material onto the surface. You can either brush, or you can roll, but we’re actually physically working this primer into the surface. And as it dries out, we have drying racks.

And then, because there’s so much material, we’re actually stacking it.

So again, our customer wanted the longest-lasting paint finish. And this is how you do it – controlled environment, dried material, mechanical application. Our next step after this is put the top coat on. After it dries, we’re gonna deliver it to the job site; it’ll be built, and we’ll do touch-ups on all the cuts.


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