How to Paint a Wood Fence by Paint Sprayer

Fences are the first thing people see when they pass by your home or come visit you. Therefore, it is needless to say that its upkeep should be a priority on your to-do list. Painting you fence is not at all difficult if you go about it in the right way. There are two reasons mostly when you feel the need to paint, one when you want to change the colour of the fence; second, when your fence paint is chipping it needs renovation. First, to start the painting process, clear the surrounding area to avoid mess. Inspect the fence for any loose nail or screw and remove them. First step is to add coating of primer to the fence before starting applying the paint. Now that the fence is ready, use brush or paint sprayer to paint the fence. You can give a second coat if needed. It also make the colour comes out a little more if you decide to apply a second layer of paint.

Prepare the fence for Painting

When it comes to spray painting, the Prep step is always the first and the most important task. Especially in painting fence, there are a lot of things to do for painting in save and safe. We will achieve the fast working and the fine finish once we spent time for preparing the fence for Painting.

Clearing the surroundings of the fence

Clearing the surroundings is necessary to keep the paint off your grass and plants that might be growing near and around the fence. For this, you should mow the lawn in that particular area. A piece of plywood can be used to save the shrubs and plants from being drenched by the paint. Now, cover the surrounding grass with a large tarp.

Clearing the surroundings of the fence

Remove loose nails and screws

Any loose screw or nail that might be peeping out of the fence surface should be taken out completely in order to give even coating to the whole fence. Especially, if you have some decorations hanging from the fence, they must be removed and the nails that were used to hang them. New screws and nails can always be used to reinstall the decorations but for the smooth and flawless finishing of the fence will not be possible without taking this step.

Remove loose nails and screws

Sand to Smooth

Before starting the painting process, it is necessary that the area to be painted is smooth without any rough areas or splinters sticking out. Best way to do that is through rubbing the fence with sand paper and smoothing the whole surface. Using Garnet sand paper for sanding wood is highly recommended for best results.

Wash Your Fence

For removing any residual dust, debris or stuff like algae or lichen, you should use the regular fence cleaner. Use a rag, spray cleaner or a h3 brush.

An important thing to be noted here is, to know about the quantity of the fence cleaner you should be using and whether you have to dilute the cleaner or not. There are many kinds of cleaners available in the market; make sure you choose the one that is suitable for wooden fences.

Wash Your Fence

Painting fences using sprayers

Your roller doesn’t like to work on the fence as it is rough and harsh! You find it boring and tired thus hurting after every use brushes to paint the fences. The optimum solution for all of your issue is SPRAYERS. Let’s check the steps of Painting fences using sprayers to reach comfier and more professional with painting work.

Setting up your Sprayer

There are various sprayer brands available in the market. Before using any brand, go through the manuals carefully. Mostly, you have to fill the sprayer bucket or cup with your choice paint. After that, cup or the bucket is to be attached to the spraying gun or pump. These sprayer guns mostly come with different sizes of nozzles, which can be changed according to the surface you are aiming to paint.

If you are not painting smaller areas, use the largest sized nozzle to spray paint your fence. In addition, if there are any smaller cracks or crevices where large, nozzles cannotreach; use the smaller ones to be more precise. A point to note here is, to use oil-based fence paints that are wood friendly by nature and can endure rough and tough conditions of exterior environment.

Setting up your Sprayer

Prime your Fence with a Primer

After completing the spray painting part, now is the time to apply a primer to your fence. Use paintbrush for applying a coat of primer. Always take care of using horizontal strokes for horizontal panels and vertical strokes for vertical ones. Leave it to dry. The time it takes for a primer to dry depends upon the kind of primer you are using. Therefore, it is better to consult the primer instruction for knowing about the drying time of primer you have used.

Spray your Fence

For best results and smooth, even finishing, keep the nozzle six to eight inches away from the fence you are about to spray paint. Spray paint your fence with steady back and forth movements. Horizontal panels should be painted with up and down movements. And for vertical ones, use back and forth style of spraying.

Once you are finished with spraying one panel, spray another layer at perpendicular line to your previous movement. This technique will get rid of streaks. Avoid making arcs at the end of each stroke, which may result in getting paint in undesired places.

Spray your Fence

Applying Extra coat of paint if needed

After finishing the paint job and the fences dry completely, inspect them carefully. If there are any inconsistencies in the finishing, you may decide to apply an extra coating. With good quality paint, second coat may not be needed. All said, if the paint is little thin in places, spray paint another layer to give a smooth finish.

For drying time, consult the instructions that came with your paint. Usually, paints need to dry overnight.

Clean Paint Sprayer

Cleaning paint sprayer is necessary to get smooth finishing everytime you use the paint sprayer and for optimum gun performance. Cleaning process is very easy if done properly. First, take off the cup or bucket of paint from the gun and empty it in case of excessive paint. Clean the bucket or cup with warm soapy water to get rid of any residual paint. Same treatment is needed for the other parts of the gun. Disassemble the gun according to instructions provided with the paint sprayer, clean using warm soapy water and dry completely before reassembling. Do not use harsh detergents. For your assistance, here is a link to a tutorial video as well.


Spray-painting your fences is not a rocket science. Anyone can do it once you follow the steps properly. You can get excellent results even if you are not a pro. You should prepare the area before starting the painting job to avoid getting paint everywhere. Cover with a tarp or a large enough cloth to cover the area in the paint’s range. After finishing the job, give ample time for the paint to dry off, especially if you decide to apply another coat. Do clean the gun after every use to increase its working life and get smooth finish after every use.