painted fence with landscaping

Painting a Fence with a Paint Sprayer

Discover tips and tricks on the best way to paint a fence with a paint sprayer. Get the job done quickly and receive a great finish with a Wagner sprayer.

When you’ve got a big project that needs painted or stained but don’t have (or don’t want to invest) a lot of time into the project, a paint sprayer is the perfect tool! Whether you’re adding some color to a fence, a deck, siding, or even repainting the entire interior of your home, a paint sprayer can get the job done in a fraction of time compared to traditional brushes or rollers.

I wanted to paint my fence, which has been on my bucket list of projects since we moved in years ago. With spring here and temps warming up, this was the right time to check this item off my list!

Here is what my wooden fence and section of yard looked like before I started.


fence before painting

To transform this fence, I had teamed up with Wagner who sent me their Wagner Control Pro 130 Power Tank Sprayer (keep reading to learn more about how it helps to quickly paint your interior and exterior). The hardest part was deciding what color to paint it; the rest was easy!


fence after painting

Let’s walk through what I did to complete the project and the materials needed.


  • Wagner Control Pro 130 Power Tank Sprayer
  • Pressure washer
  • Extension cord (50 ft - 100 ft)
  • Behr House and Fence Wood Stain Solid Color - Flat Top
  • Wrench
  • Newspaper or cardboard to protect from overspray
  • Painter's tape
  • Overflow bucket
  • Water
  • Gloves
  • Face mask

paint sprayer with tools

STEP 1: Pressure Washing

Start with making sure your surface is completely free of dust, dirt, and debris. A pressure washer does a great job of cleaning off desks and fences. Let it thoroughly dry about 24 hours before moving on with your project.

pressure washed fence

STEP 2: Cover the Ground and Shrubs

When using a paint sprayer, make sure the following areas are protected from overspray.

  • Ground near the fence
  • Adjacent walls or fences
  • Nearby trees and shrubs

The Wagner Control Pro 130 has 55% less overspray than other paint sprayers. However, you’ll still need to make sure that any small amount of overspray won’t land on belongings, nature, or adjacent walls and areas.

STEP 3: Unbox the Paint Sprayer

The Wagner Control Pro 130 comes with the parts and accessories needed to paint your fence or deck. If you're using stain, however, you will need to order a spray tip for stains. Check here for these accessories.

wagner paint sprayer on table

To get started with using this paint sprayer, there are some prep things you need to do before you start spraying. Consult the included manual for more details, but in summary, you’ll need to:

  • STEP A: Prime the paint sprayer with water.
  • STEP B: Prime the paint sprayer with your paint (or stain).
  • STEP C. Test the spray gun (without the tip) to make sure that paint (or stain) is actually flowing through the spray gun.
  • STEP D: Test the spray gun (with the tip) on a piece of scrap wood or cardboard to make sure it's spraying properly.

STEP 4: Do a Test Spray

You always want to see how the paint color and spray pattern will be with a new material. Therefore, before each project, do a test spray on a piece of wood or cardboard. Keep the nozzle about 10” - 12” away and overlap each spray by 50%. If you notice runs, it means the spray gun is too close to the surface of your project.

Once you feel comfortable spraying the material, it’s time to complete your project!

testing spray pattern

STEP 5: Add 1-2 Coats of Paint

Keep the spray gun as close to a 90-degree angle to the ground as possible. Move with the spray gun up and down and side to side when working on your project. Determine how much paint or stain you’ll need and buy extra just in case, so you don’t have to stop mid-way through your project for a supplies run.

woman spraying with wagner sprayer

cans of paint

STEP 6: Clean Up the Paint Sprayer

Consult the manual for how to clean up the paint sprayer, but for water-based paints like the one I used on my fence, I followed these steps.

  • De-pressurize the spray gun.
  • Empty the left over paint back into the paint can.
  • Clean out the hopper (tank) with fresh water.
  • Once tank is clean, add fresh clean water.
  • Run clean water through spray gun until it runs clear (without the spray tip).
  • Prime the rest of the clean water through the small plastic hose until it runs clean.

STEP 7: Add a Garden and Flowers!

A pretty fence needs plants and pretty flowers! I decided to turn the area into a small garden. I’ll later add some wood chips as mulch it to help keep those pesky weeds away.

planting greenery in flower bed


It's silly to think that I was worried about the paint color! I think anything else would have been completely boring. This blue-gray "Flat Top" color jazzes up the space.

I also added a fence around the area to keep out animals like stray cats

fence after painting

If you've got a fence (or a deck, or some other indoor or outdoor project) where the thought of using a paint brush or a roller breaks you out in hives, definitely consider using the Wagner Control Pro 130. It gets the job done much faster and the clean-up is pretty easy, too!

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