I had a metal gate put in on the side of my house.

I put some metal privacy screen behind it but it doesn't seem to be too private.

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It just seems to add a little opacity but otherwise you can see through.

Is there any way to make this more private?

I tried painting it black but that didn't help. I thought of some random color spots but I don't think that would look good.

My last thought is to keep putting paint on it till the holes close more (or paint a nicer backyard on it).

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    Have you considered replacing it with something like painted outdoor rated plywood? Some nice cedar would look nice if you want a more upscale solution. Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 16:55

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Your first approach of random color spots would work, but as you suggest, it might not look pleasing to your eyes. The other suggestion you have about painting a nicer yard on it is "spot on."

Anything you do to the mesh to break up the pattern currently in place will serve to hide that which shows through the mesh. Abstracts and landscapes and other images that have multiple shapes will work better than geometric patterns.

The military did some studies regarding camouflage painting and found that very little variety worked quite well, as long as it was irregular or scattered.

You could duplicate the block-work adjacent to the gate, but it has such a uniform appearance that it likely would fail to hide that which can be seen through the mesh.

The real answer is something for viewing that meets your opinion of attactive, while maintaining a broken or segmented image.

  • I like painting the block work idea I would think it would help similar to spot painting.+
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 18:46

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