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Do you own a wooden fence that needs a refurbishment? In case you do, you can always take a paintbrush and spend a week on the project. Or, you can grab a paint sprayer and complete the entire job in a single afternoon.

With one of these handy devices, you won’t need to go over the same spot more than just once to replenish the dye that’s soaking into the fence. Moreover, getting the paint into those tight corners is much easier with a paint sprayer due to its high maneuverability.

Painting the fence with a sprayer is undoubtedly the most professional way to handle this task -take a look at our comprehensive guide and learn how to do it yourself.

Types of Sprayers Used on Fences

Using a pump garden sprayer to paint the fence is entirely possible. When staining your fence with one of these devices, the process will be a fast one, but you’ll probably have to do some back-brushing.

A fence pump sprayer is not that good when it comes to getting the colorant deep into the wood’s pores. However, the agitation of the brush can assist you in getting the desired finish. A pump sprayer can be a good choice for coloring smaller fences.

In case you experience problems with puddles or blotchy paint, you’ll have to use a paintbrush to smooth it out. This is of crucial importance if you want to achieve the best possible finish. Moreover, you’ll probably have to use a brush as well, in order to get into those tight crevices and corners.

Paint Sprayers

When it comes to staining a fence, there are two types of paint sprayers available -the airless and HVLP ones.
Airless models sprinkle the dye out of their guns and, as their name suggests, do not use compressed air to do so. They are the fastest variety but are also prone to over-spraying.

They are your best choice when it comes to larger exterior projects -their speed gets the job done in no time. These kinds of sprayers come in a wide variety of styles, such as the highly-portable handheld models and those with carts or stands.

The HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) models operate by using the air to push the dye out, which creates a fog-like pattern. Although slower than their airless counterparts, HVLP models offer a finish that is finer, more detailed, and with less overspray.

Most people do not use these kinds of sprayers with thick materials. They are designed to be used for more detailed-oriented tasks around the household.

Why are Sprayers Good for Staining Fences?

      • Speed

Using a roller or a brush to stain your fence takes twice as long, in some cases even longer. With a quality paint sprayer, on the other hand, applying colorant to a fence can be done very quickly. Both the setup and cleanup are done much more rapidly than with the conventional painting equipment.

      • Quality Finish

Most of the experts agree that using one of these devices is the best choice for achieving a high-quality finish. With everything being applied in an even manner, there are far less brush and roller marks left behind. Furthermore, spraying in a continuous motion leads to less uneven paint thickness.

      • Maneuverability

With a quality sprayer, one is able to move around the garden as much as he wants to. This allows the user to reach both ends of the fence with ease. Not having to drag around the materials and the stain container is especially convenient.

      • Adjustable Spray Angles

Another advantage that comes with using one of these devices is the ability to apply the dye from varying angles. This is of essential importance when it comes to applying paint to crevices, cracks, and corners. Spraying under an angle will not change the quality and consistency of spray.

Suggested Tools and Equipment

  • Paint sprayer

  • Paint

  • Two empty buckets for priming and cleanup

  • Spray tips -narrow (for smaller surfaces) and wider (for larger surfaces)

  • Paint strainer bag

  • Stir sticks

  • Masking tape

  • Plastic sheeting, drop cloths or tarps

  • Paintbrush for touch-ups

  • Spray shield

  • TSL fluid or pump armor storage fluid

  • Stiff nylon brushes for cleanup

  • Cleaning rags

  • Safety equipment –gloves, dust mask/respirator, safety glasses/goggles

  • (Optional) Additional airless hose sections

  • (Optional) Tip extensions

  • (Optional) Pressure roller kit


  • Choose the most suitable tip for the paint you’ll be using and for the surface you’ll be working on. In most cases, a tip with a .013 hole size and an 8″ wide spray pattern will provide you with the best control. An important thing to ensure here is that the tip’s hole size isn’t exceeding your sprayer’s maximum capacity.

  • In case you’re using paint from more than just one container and would like to have consistent color, mix everything together in a single empty 5-gallon container. Do this even if there are only slight color variations between the individual dye cans.

  • For the best possible results, keep your model’s nozzle between six and eight inches away from the wooden boards. Use steady back and forth movements for the horizontal panels. Vertical panels, on the other hand, need to be sprayed with up and down motions.

  • To get rid of streaks, the second layer needs to be sprayed at the perpendicular line to the first coating. Moreover, try to avoid making arcs at the end of your strokes, as that can lead to paint getting in undesired places.


That’s it! As you can see, spray-painting a fence is a pretty straightforward process, especially when you follow the steps correctly -even the complete amateurs can achieve excellent results. Don’t forget to clean your sprayer once you’re done with painting to retain its optimal performance.