Recently, Ronseal set us a ‘Get on with it Challenge’ to encourage us to get the job done before the summer comes! I am so glad that I did it last weekend as we have put it off for almost two years now as the fence panels were looking rather dilapidated!
We had put off doing our fences, partly due to the bad weather and so we have not been outside to enjoy the garden, and partly because we have had other projects going on so this was lower down the priority list for a while. During this last winter, pieces of fence finally broke off due to the inclement weather. So I had someone come in to change three fence panels, which they did it in 30 minutes. Now it was time to get those fence panels painted!
To help me do this job, I chose this easy to use Ronseal Precision Finish power sprayer and Ronseal Fence life plus in medium oak. Last Sunday was a really nice day, where it was sunny and calm so I could finally do the job!
Before using the sprayer, it is always important to make sure you have the right protection! From my experience, my advice is to wear old clothing, rubber gloves and safety goggles. You might want to get a face mask just in case there’s a sudden gust of wind, you might get paint onto your face.
This power sprayer is very easy to assemble but do make sure you tighten all the parts together, otherwise you will get a back flow onto yourself. It comes with 4 D batteries which you insert into the battery compartment. There are three settings on the sprayer. On first use, make sure you flush it out before you start spraying onto your fence. Watch this useful video of the sprayer for how to use it.
For my first fence panel, it took me about 8 minutes to spray but after I got used to it, it only took me about 5 minutes to do each. I found it very easy to use and control the sprayer using the settings. I did spray some of the panels a little too much due to the odd angle of the fence and I couldn’t reach the top of the fence very well either so it caused the paint to drip down a lot. I simply used a paint brush to smooth it over.
For five and a half fence panels, it used less than 1.5 tubs of the 5 litres paint which was very economic! I did use a paintbrush to paint one panel as the neighbour’s white car was near it. I used half a tub of paint and it took me an hour for this! I will never go back to painting a fence using a paintbrush again! I am so pleased with the results and the colour looks brilliant. I did worry that the fence would have two different tone colours, due to having the two old greying fence panels with three new fence panels. Surprisingly, all the fence panels look the same!
After using the sprayer, I cleaned it using hot water to flush it until the water is clear, wiped any paint from the machine and removed the batteries. Now it is ready to use again next time!
Are you put off your DIY? Why not get it done and make the most of your summer! Ronseal have created a sticker pack to help you ‘gee up’ the reluctant DIYers in your life or simply to remind yourself! Simple be the first 100 people to apply and get the job done.
Once you’ve finished your project, upload your before and after pictures to Facebook or Twitter with #ronsealtheweekend and you could earn ‘the Ronseal of approval’.
Disclosure: We received the samples for the purposes of writing this review, however all thoughts and opinions remain our own.