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How to tone down orange fence panels

Our neighbours have replaced 12 metres of fence panels on the side which borders our garden. Unfortunately, they are bright orange! Any advice on how we can neutralise or tone down the orange? Unfortunately, it's the main view from our back room where we spend most of our time. We already have fence panels on the other side and at the back which are a lovely silver grey colour (natural fading of wood in the sun) but the panels, when we bought them, were not orange to begin with. So i cant say for sure what colour these orange panels will fade into with time. Any recommendations on wood stain or natural solutions? Thanks. 


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,695
    I think you will need to talk to your neighbours. If they will let you, you could paint your side, but adding a dark brown stain  or green on one side could run through to the other. They could say no, they are their panels.
  • frijolitasfrijolitas Posts: 18
    Thanks. I'll certainly ask them as I didn't think that stain would run through. I'm sure they won't object as they are also not keen on the orange. 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,695
    If you look at Cuprinol garden shades, one of the greens such as Maple leaf, Old English green or somerset green should tone it down. Expect the result to be browner than the paint samples.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,043
    The likelihood of stain running through depends greatly on the type of fencing.  With interwoven it's almost certain it would run through to the other side.  With lap it will depend on whether the 'good' or 'bad' side is on the OPs side. 
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427
    Not to be rude but the cheaper ones are like this,chat to said neighbour maybe you can agree on a colour just bin case it bleeds through
  • scooty883scooty883 Posts: 34
    Rolling Stones- Paint it Black
    Gives a fantastic background for flower and foliage👍
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,498
    I would leave them alone.
    They very quickly weather to a lighter colour.
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • frijolitasfrijolitas Posts: 18
    Thanks everyone. Didn't occur to us about leaking as our neighbours on the other side painted their side of the fence panels we erected and didn't tell us (nor do we have any issues). They painted it and luckily it hasn't leaked through. For the orange panels, we have the 'bad' side and they are lapped. 

    @madpenguin how "quickly" would you say is quickly?! A few months or a couple of years?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,110
    In my experience that hideous orange colour never fades. 
    @fidgetbones is right - if you use a brown or green [and you can also mix them to tone down brightness] or a green with some black mixed in, that takes the colour down to a more neutral shade. 
    If you have a word with the neighbour, I'm sure they wouldn't mind you painting your side, as long as you're careful.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053
    The ideal solution if you and your neighbour could agree on a colour and both paint your respective sides. 
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