Composite fencing is designed to be resistant to moisture and insects, which means it does not need sealing in order to add protection. Composite fencing also comes in many different colours, surface finishes and styles that will retain their appearance for decades.

Therefore, composite fencing is not designed to be painted or sealed, as it simply does not need to be. However, some homeowners still choose to paint their composite fence so let’s understand why. 

Why Do Homeowners Paint or Stain Their Composite Fencing?

Despite not being necessary, some people still decide to paint or stain their composite fencing for multiple reasons:

  • Composite fencing panels, like other durable structural materials, can wear out after a long time. This implies that a composite fence can lose its original colour over time and wear down gradually. If the panel loses its colour, then you might want to paint it. UV rays will cause fading to your composite, even though they have improved color-stabilizing features. 
  • You may also need to paint your composite fence panels due to scratching or marks that have altered their appearance over the years, distorting their appearance and finish. Paint can be useful to cover up marks that you can’t get out by cleaning or buffing the surface. Please note that if your composite fencing boards are badly damaged, it is best to seek replacement due to their structural integrity.
  • If you are simply bored of your fencing colour or are just looking for a change due to changing your surrounding exterior, you may wish to paint your composite fencing. 

What is the Difference Between Painting and Staining a Fence?  

Painting a fence involves using high-quality latex or water-based paint to coat the surface of your composite fencing boards. Also, the colour will hide any marks or scratches that are on the surface of your fencing panel.  The pigment will sit on the surface of your composite fence. Whereas staining does not just sit on top of plastic wood boards; the boards absorb it. Staining will protect and preserve your fence, whereas painting will cover and hide marks and scratches. 

Although the coat of stain given to your fence is thin, it will still make it look aesthetically pleasing. Therefore, you can choose to stain or paint your composite fencing, but we recommend purchasing new fence panels if your existing fence is damaged.  

What Type of Paint Can I Use on Composite Fencing?

To paint or stain your composite fence, use high-quality water-based paint or stains. Several paint manufacturers sell different brands of colour on the market, which all perform differently. Latex-based stains are widely used in wood. They tend to preserve the wood longer, are easy to apply and have a thicker consistency.  

When we tested the best paint to use on composite material, we used both water- and oil-based paints. We also used a primer applied first on some. We found that all self-purchased decking paint and stains can be used on composite materials, and they do take to them very well. However, we found that after time, they tend to flake and break. The best to date is the V33 decking paint, which has lasted and kept its appearance and colour. 

Steps to Paint Your Composite Fence

Step One – Remove Items Close to the Fence 

You must remove all items that are close to your fence. If you can’t remove them, then you should make sure you cover them. You should take away tables and chairs and cover flowers that are close to your fence. If composite fencing is attached to your home, make sure you don’t spill any paint onto adjacent walls. 

Step Two: Clean the Composite Fence 

The way you clean the fence when you want to paint it is the same as when you want to stain it. Ensure you remove mud by sweeping it with a soft brush, using hot soapy water and your soft brush, cleaning the fence thoroughly and then rinsing the surface clean. You can remove mould, mildew, oil and grease stains by mixing vinegar and baking soda, increasing the concentration if required. 

Step Three: Paint Your Composite Fence 

Use high-quality paint to colour the fence. You should complete the task panel by panel along the grain until you have painted every board. The best tool for the task is a roller with a long stick or rod attached to it. You can also purchase a paint sprayer for speed and ease. When you have finished painting, leave the fence to dry.  

Once dry, follow and repeat this process, as you will need to coat the surface texture at least twice. If the paint needs more coats, please apply again to be provided with the best finish. 


You can paint and stain your composite fence panels if you wish to do so, but regular cleaning throughout the year will ensure this isn’t necessary. The best stains and paints to use are oil- or water-based ones, as research and testing have proven them to be the best performing in relation to results that don’t peel or flake. Alternatively, as the composite fence panels are easily replaceable by sliding in and out, you can simply replace the panels if they have any damage to them.


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