Fences provide privacy from nosy neighbors, protection for playing children and barriers for pets to run around in, but not run away from. Wooden fences can also add beauty to your home by supporting tall plants and wood boxes. Whatever you use your redwood fence for, one thing is certain--all wooden fences need protection from the elements such as wind, rain and sun. Painting your redwood fence is one very economical way to protect your investment.

Step 1

Allow a brand-new wooden fences to sit for several weeks in the weather before applying anything. This will help it absorb more of the paint and offer it greater protection.

Step 2

Use a pressure washer loaded with special wood cleaner to clean an older redwood fence. Remove all the debris and dirt before applying paint. Allow the fence to dry completely before beginning the paint job.

Step 3

Choose a moderately temperate day to do your painting because dry air will allow paint to dry a lot faster than humid air. Read the paint can for any manufacturer's instructions before starting.

Step 4

Make sure any dew or previous rain has evaporated before you begin painting. You might want to wait until later in the day to start.

Step 5

Use a paintbrush to paint all the hard-to-reach places first. Get into all the crevices on both sides of the fence. Make sure to completely cover all the visible edges of each board.

Step 6

Pour some of the paint into a paint tray. Use a paint roller to apply the paint to the flat edges of the fence.

Step 7

Allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours. Test the paint for dryness in an unnoticeable spot because oil-based, outdoor paints take longer to dry than latex paints. Keep in mind that the drying time also depends on the humidity in the air.

Step 8

Look over the whole fence closely. Take note of any places not completely covered with paint.

Step 9

Give the entire fence a second coat of paint.

Step 10

Protect your fence and keep it looking like new by giving it a good coat of new paint every year or two, depending on where it sits in your yard and how much the elements affect it.