Fence Staining

Fence Staining

A wooden fence provides excellent privacy and defines your property line. It can also provide some shade and blocks the wind. Over time the wood can fade and lose that bright rich color. So every few years it is important to stain and protect it to keep it in excellent condition.

Tools & Materials

Like any project, you will need the right tools and supplies to do the job right the first time. Because the sooner you finish the sooner you can get on with well, anything you want.

Drop Cloth

Weed trimmer

Screw driver


Replacement boards

Safety glasses & Mask

Pressure Washer



Touch-up brush

Extension cord


Preparing and cleaning the surface is one of the most important parts of the staining process. Follow these simple steps to ensure your job looks great and lasts for years to come.

Step 1 - Prep Area

Trim back any grass, weeds, trees, or bushes that are in contact with the fence. This exposes all of the fence’s surfaces, and ensures a clean and complete finish.

Step 2 - Repair and Replace

Repair or replace any damaged portions of the fence, and check for loose nails or screws and reseat them.

Step 3 - Surface Prep

Prepare the surface for painting by removing any splinters or peeling paint. An ideal time saving tool for this task is the Wagner PaintEater.

Step 4 - Pressure Wash

Continue preparing the surface by cleaning it. Use either a pressure washer, to remove dirt and loose debris; a cleaning solution designed for heavier materials such as mildew or mold; or both depending on the condition of your project. An ideal product for removing mildew and mold is tri-sodium phosphate, or TSP, which can be found in the paint aisle of your local hardware store.

Step 5 - Dry

After you have thoroughly prepared and cleaned the surface, allow it to dry for 24-48 hours prior to painting or staining it. This will ensure the maximum readiness of your project’s surface and allow for the best possible material adherence and coverage.

Step 6 - Safety Equipment

Be sure that you protect nearby landscaping from over spray by covering it with a drop cloth; also, protect YOURSELF as well by wearing proper painting clothing and safety equipment, such as eye wear, gloves, and a mask.


Now that you've completed the prep work, you're ready to begin staining.

Step 1 - Assembly

Following the instruction manual, assemble the ProCoat and fill the hopper with your material. Once you’ve primed the system, you’re ready to begin.

Step 2 - Spraying

Starting at the tops of the fence boards, work your way down by starting your spray motion and then engaging the trigger. Release the trigger at the end of the coverage area and then finish the spraying motion. Keeping the sprayer 10-12 inches from the surface, and moving at a steady pace, will help you maintain a smooth even finish by minimizing runs and drips from over applying your material. If you do produce any runs or drips, simply wipe them off with a heavy rag or thick paper towel before the material dries, and re-spray.

Step 3 - Clean Up

When you’ve finished your project, following the proper cleaning and maintenance procedures for the ProCoat is essential to ensuring maximum tool performance for your next project. By following these simple steps, your fence will look new again in no time; and always remember that with Wagner you’re ready to PAINT FAST. PAINT SMART.

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