How to keep your lookout fence before weathering

In the garden or on the terrace you want to be protected from curious looks. Wood protection fences are a reasonably priced solution. But they need care and from time to time a new painting.

Which painting requires a lookout fence?

Protection elements are already pretreated when buying by the manufacturer, but later require regular aftertreatment. The care and wood protection depend on the selected wood type.

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When must a lookout fence be painted?

There is a saying that wood is a natural product and will work until it's in the oven. That is why it needs to be treated regularly. A rule of thumb:

  • Impregnating glazes - annually
  • Thin-layer glazes - 2 to 3 years
  • Thick-layer glazes - 3 to 5 years
  • Opaque coat of paint - 5 to 7 years

What kind of paint does a privacy fence need??


A glaze is the quickest and easiest way to paint your privacy fence. We distinguish between two options.

Thin layer glaze

Thin-layer glazes are open-pored and translucent. They are easy to process due to the low proportion of binder. This glaze penetrates deep into the wood and does not peel off later. The application of thin-layer glazes can be repeated at any time.
Disadvantage: The wood continues to absorb moisture and is subject to weathering

Thick layer glaze

It is also open-pored and translucent, but has a larger proportion of binders and color pigments. The thick-layer glaze has a denser consistency and is similar to a varnish. It leaves a tangible film on the wood surface.
Disadvantage: Thick-layer glazes become brittle and flake off over the years.


Lacquers are a high-quality wood protection that completely encloses a privacy fence. It closes all pores and the grain of the wood disappears under the layer of lacquer. There are many different colors available for painting. If the lacquer is intact, it protects the wood perfectly.
Disadvantage: The lacquer has to be sanded before a new coat of paint.

Paint the privacy fence - that's how it works!

1. Clean the entire wooden surface.
2. Sand down previous lacquers or thick-layer glazes.
3. With glazes, a single coat is usually sufficient, varnishes should be applied a second time.
4th. If possible, paint when the weather is nice so that the paint dries well.

Tips & Tricks Pay attention to the gaps when painting. If these are not treated correctly, weak points remain, which are exposed to weathering.