Carefully maintain and paint a wooden privacy fence - how it works!

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To keep your wooden privacy fence long, it needs regular care. What you need to do and how often depends on the type of wood you choose.

Carefully maintain and paint a wooden privacy fence - how it works!

There you sit comfortably with coffee and cake in the garden and suddenly the neighbor calls unmistakably over how many pieces you have already plastered. No one needs so much curiosity and is one of the reasons why terrace owners opt for a privacy fence. But the chic elements, which in most cases are made of wood, also serve as a windscreen.

Despite pretreatment by the manufacturer, the privacy screens, as well as your garden furniture, need a corresponding regular after-treatment (see for wood care tips for garden furniture). How often and intensively you have to take care of the privacy fence depends mainly on the type of wood used.

āž” Also read: Screening in the garden: These possibilities exist

Small wooden dictionary

Sprucegood drying, low tendency to crack, can be applied, easily painted
pineeasy to apply, easy to varnish, varnish and paint, partly very resinous
larchhigh weather resistance, very hard wood, low swelling behavior
robiniahard wood nevertheless elastic, poor impregnability, tendency to crack
Douglasgood weather resistance, very low absorbency for water, good strength

Wooden privacy fence - How often do you care?

It is a matter of personal taste, whether one decides on a fence made of wood or metal. My personal favorites are wood elements (see photo right), but they also need a little more care than their metallic counterpart. But do not worry, you do not have to go to paint and paint bucket every month to preserve the beauty of this natural product.

As a rule of thumb for the renewal of the painting applies:

  • Impregnating glazes annually
  • Thin-film glazes every two to three years
  • Thick-layer glazes every three to five years
  • covering coatings every five to seven years.
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" Note: To avoid unpleasant rusting, make sure that the screws for connecting the elements are made of stainless steel.

Repaint wood screen
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Cracks in the wood

Wood is a natural product, which later "works". Cracks are therefore not completely avoidable and in most cases completely harmless. If the posts are affected, make sure that they are adequately secured.

Step 1 - Cleaning the privacy screens

Over time, a lot of dust, spider webs and the remains of insects settle on the wooden surface. All of this must first be removed before you start painting. Either you go to work with good old man power (wash suds and brush) or you take a KƤrcher. Pay attention to the pressure - do not over-adjust to not destroy the elements.

Step 2 - Delete the privacy fence

A little preliminary work is still necessary before you can start. To avoid "messing up" on the terrace floor, cover the surrounding areas with blankets or newspapers, or use painters' crepe for narrow areas.

There are various materials to choose from:

Wood Stainif transparent good visibility of the grain, the darker the color the higher the UV protection, durability about 2 - 3 years
wood colorhigh opacity but masking of the grain, good UV protection
wood oilMaintains the grain, highly resilient, protects and cares very well, use colored oil for better UV protection

āž  Allow first coat to dry well

Paint only in fine weather so that the screens can dry well. How long this takes, see the manufacturer's instructions. Depending on what you have decided on, several coats are needed. For glazes sometimes even a single coat is enough.

Nicht Do not forget gaps

The large areas can be deleted without problems. It becomes tricky if you want to apply the wood protection between the individual elements. A narrow, curved brush makes the job easier! Make sure that you really catch every gap, otherwise there is no protection against sun and weather at this point.


  1. Thoroughly clean screen elements before painting.
  2. Glazes protect best and preserve the natural look of the wood.
  3. Allow the paint to dry well and repeat if necessary.
  4. Do not forget intermediate spaces!

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