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Swings and Roundabouts
on 5 April 2011
We have got a lot of fence panels around our garden and it took me an absolute age to protect it using a brush so, when it was time to do it again, I decided to try Cuprinol Sprayable. Something that had taken me several days (admittedly with breaks) with a brush took less than two (again with breaks, just less of them) with the sprayer. But there were several repercussions:
* If the sprayer has not been properly tightened up it can backfire - fence protector on your face is not an attractive sight. Luckily I was wearing sunglasses or it would have gone in my eyes as well. Even if you think you have tightened every connector, it is therefore always worth double checking!
* The protector is applied very quickly but you definitely have to get a technique going in order to avoid excess running down fence panels and being wasted. I used a lot more fence protector whilst using a sprayer than I did when I used a brush, even when I had 'perfected' my technique.
* Over-spray is a big issue. I sprayed my fence from my neighbour's side first; over-spray coated the side of my house and everything else on my side of the fence up to a distance of about 6 feet away, even though there was no real breeze. I can therefore vouch for the fact that you need to act quickly to remove these splatters before they dry, or make sure that you have a decent pressure washer as a scrubbing brush did not make much impact, even with liberal amounts of washing up liquid. Once the fence protector had dried, no amount of pressure washing would remove the splatters from the side of my house, where they remain to this day. I'll have to repaint my house to get rid of them.
This offers fast application but an awful lot of preparation is needed first if you are spraying in 'delicate areas' such as near a neighbour's property or your own, close to plants, garden furniture and ornaments. Lots of surface protection is advisable to avoid some of the clean up that would otherwise be necessary, as well as the potential for damage to neighbourly relations. My fence is very close to the entire side of my house, with lots of flower beds, ornaments and patio to protect. I ended up having to tape plastic dust sheets to my house to protect it (albeit after some of the damage had already been done) and it was difficult to reuse the sheets many times because however careful you are, fence protector will accumulate on them.
Protecting my fence was certainly faster with the spray and it afforded good coverage. If you have a fence a distance from any buildings and with few flower beds or other garden paraphernalia in close proximity the sprayer will save you a lot of time. I have a lot to protect close to my fence so I am reverting to using a brush next time the job needs to be done.