stained fence with sprayer

Staining a Fence with a Sprayer

Staining a fence with a sprayer is easy! Follow these tips and tricks for guidance on how to get the job done quickly and easily.

DIFFICULTY: Beginner

Overview

Staining a fence with a sprayer is a quick and easy way to get a beautifully even coverage on your fence. While it takes a bit more time in preparation (hello masking!) the ease of application saves hours of work!

Before

fence before staining

After

fence after staining
1

Prep the fence for staining by either pressure washing, using a wire brush or sanding. If you choose to pressure wash, make sure to let it dry completely (3-5 days) before staining.

Masking is an important part of preparation! Cover any surfaces you do not want to risk overspray on using plastic or flooring paper. Rough surface painters tape will stick to most outdoor surfaces.

prep the fence
2

Set up your sprayer with stain. I like to choose a water clean up, waterproofing stain in a semi transparent shade. Water clean up stains are effective but a breeze to clean out of your sprayer!

I used the Wagner FLEXiO 5000 for this project. By having the gun separate from the motor, the lighter weight allowed me to work longer without taking breaks. I used the regular spray nozzle and set it to a one or two material flow (keep this low with stain!) and around an 8 for airflow.

It’s important to test your settings on scrap wood or cardboard before moving on to your fence. Adjust settings and troubleshoot as need be before spraying your project.

pouring stain into sprayer
3

Spray that fence! This is by far the quickest part of the whole process. Make sure to keep moving while the trigger is pulled and move in a methodical pattern for even coverage. Take care to aim at each surface (edges!), using the vertical or horizontal spray pattern to get an even coverage and directional spray as needed for each section of the fence.

staining fence with paint sprayer
4

While the stain dries, clean your sprayer with warm soapy water. Proper cleaning will ensure your sprayer works well for future projects. Once your sprayer is clean and the fence is dry to the touch, remove masking and admire your project!

spraying fence
5

This sponsored project was created by Lemon Thistle. Head to the blog for the full post and details about this project, or watch the video!

stained fence with sprayer
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