If your custom wooden gate has a dull surface, revitalize it by adding a few, different colors of paint and using techniques that will give the surface a marbleized appearance. After completing the upgrade. the gate will stand out and add beauty to the edge of your yard.

Use The Following Materials

  • electric sander
  • sandpaper
  • fine grit sandpaper
  • exterior paint (multiple colors)
  • paintbrushes (various sizes)
  • sponge
  • cleaning cloths
  • paint tray
  • mixing stick
  • feather
  • clear, protective finish
  • drop cloth
  • soapy water
  • bucket
  • water hose

Clean And Sand 

Clean the surface of the gate with warm, soapy water and a sponge. Once all of the residue on the surface has been removed, rinse the soapy water that remains with a water hose. Wait for the gate to dry. Attach a piece of fine grit sandpaper to an electric sander and move it over the gate's surface to give it a smooth finish. Wipe away dust that is left behind by the sandpaper with a cloth.

Apply Paint

Protect the ground from paint spills with a drop cloth. Apply an even coat of exterior paint to the gate's surface with a paint brush. Allow several hours for the paint to dry. Apply a different color of paint over the base coat with a sponge. Dip the sponge into the paint so that one side is covered. Dab it onto the surface in several areas. Take a dry cloth and blend the paint to give it a marbleized appearance. Press down on the cloth and move it in circular motions and curvy lines. Wait for the paint to dry.

Add Veining

Marble is noted for the veining the runs through its surface. You can create veining of your own. Apply white paint to the tip of a feather or the end of a paint brush. Apply it to the gate's surface in random areas. Make lines that are jagged or slightly curved. Use light pressure while applying the veining so that the appearance of it is subtle and blends in well with the other colors of paint that were previously used.

After the paint has dried, add a protective, clear coat that is designed for exteriors over the gate's surface. Use a paintbrush and apply the clear coat in straight lines. The clear coat will protect the paint from fading or chipping.

The marbleized surface will give the gate a unique appearance. Maintain the new paint job by occasionally cleaning it with soapy water and a sponge. Rinse the surface off with a water hose. For more information about custom gates, speak with a local fencing company.