By Harry ! Last Updated: August 01, 2020
Are you in need of staining your wood privacy fence? It's fantastic how decent a brand new wood fence looks but how faster it dries out and turns dull. It's important to value and add curb appeal to your property. Remember that your fence provides not only privacy but also protection. If ignored, your investment may lose its beauty, become weather damaged, turn grey and become unattractive.
One approach that can save your fence from such elements is by staining your fence using a pump sprayer. However, you require investing in quality pump sprayer meant for stain. While the sprayer applies the stain, brushing, on the other hand, will spread the stain evenly. To restore your fence in your next DIY project isn't complicated. That's why we've presented a guide to help you understand how to stain a fence with a pump sprayer.
Here the supplies:
- Wood cleaner
- A quality sprayer
- A synthetic paintbrush
- A sealer & stain
- A stiff bristle brush
How to Stain a Fence with a Pump Sprayer
Before anything else or before jumping in your project, it's good to understand that there are different stain out there for you. All wood stains are not the same. Some are meant to be used or applied with a roller and brush. Others are preferably meant to be applied using a pump sprayer.
Some fence staining product, for example, there're wood preservatives, semi-transparent stain, semi-solid stain and solid stains. Some sealers and stains are usually labeled as wood preservatives. The best stains are those that can be sprayed. Some of their advantages include:
- They don't start to flake or peel as they age. Simply, as time passes, they tend to be lighter and fade.
- Most wood preservatives are meant to be applied in only one coat.
- They come in various shades from dark to clear.
- They are comfortable and easy to apply through spraying using a pump sprayer.
Another good example is semi-transparent stain. The stain is usually applied to the cedar fence. Significantly, the semi-transparent stains bring beauty and elegant look to your wood fence. Unlike toners and preservatives, they tend to hide more of your wood look.
Stains come in oil-based or water-based varieties. For an outdoor wood fence, it advisable to go for an oil-based variety. Cleaning up after spraying may be hard, but the longevity and durability of the stain are well maximized.
Prepare and Clean
You'll need to your fence for staining. On that, you must clear and clean your fence correctly. Note that you can't just begin spraying a stain or sealant on your fence before cleaning it. Clear away anything up.
Keep in mind that spraying a stain can cause problems with flowers and bushes against your fence. Therefore, cover them entirely with clothes. If you've got vegetables nearby, ties them carefully with rope. Additionally, keep your lawn furniture, yard decorations and patio stones and vehicles yards away.
Replace or repair any damaged boards with the assumption that your fence is brand new. Study your wood fence and check out any loose screws, nails. If necessary, make sure you use your hammer to sink all protruding nails. Also, you can use a screwdriver to fix or recede any screw. With the sanding block, smooth the wood's surface. This will enhance the removal of splinters.
Now, pressure wash your fence to eliminate all grime, dirt and mildew. To protect yourselves, wear rubber gloves, old clothes, and goggles or safety glasses. Assemble your pressure wash with around 30-degree tip. Spray pressuring your fence from one end to the other.
As you strip and spray away the wood fence's surface, you'll discover that its color brightens. Continue to the nest boards, until you're done with the entire fence. With this, I mean both sides. Ensure they are super clean. Finally, give your fence a minimum of 24-48 hours to dry up.
As mentioned earlier, protect yourself your body by wearing rubber gloves, old clothes, and eye protection. Also, it's recommendable to have a respirator for vapor. Stir the stain keenly with the help of a paint stirrer. Then, take your pump sprayer and turn the lid counterclockwise, remove it and pour the stain thoroughly into the canister. Don't rush when it comes to this step. Put the lid back and at the same time, turn it clockwise. This is to secure it to your sprayer.
Continue and unlock the handle only by pressing it down to ensure counterclockwise turn. To put pressure on the canister, keep pumping the handle up and down up to a point you feel there is more resistance. In simple terms, do it until where there's when depressing the handle. What's remaining? Lock the pump handle down to the lid by merely applying clockwise-turn.
Starting at one end and at the top of your fence, it's time to apply the stain. Hold the sprayer's tip about 9 inches from your fence, diligently squeeze the trigger, whereabouts with steady and slow strokes, spray the stains up and down onto every board. If it happens that the spray is too wide or narrow, twist the sprayer's nozzle until you get the desired and preferred spray pattern. If the spray becomes loose and weak, apply more pressure to the canister.
Apply enough stain using a pump sprayer. After spraying a 5-feet section, start brushing out any drips or runs utilizing a paintbrush. Needless to say, use the brush to stain tricky areas like corners. There could be some areas where the sprayer couldn't reach out or missed or omitted. Repeat this process until you're done with the entire fence- Ensure the whole fence section-both sides- have been well-stained.
You can go further to this step. Once the panel is entirely coated, use the synthetic paintbrush wisely to back-brush. It helps to strengthen stain into your fence. Indeed, the stain will penetrate the wood superbly rather than sitting or running out of the wood. The stain may dry fast during the spraying process. Thus, you must alternate between brushing and staining/spraying while the stain is wet.
Apply second coat
On this, it will depend on the kind of stain you've invested in. You may be required to apply a 2nd coat. If needed, allow the earlier stain to dry and then follow the same process. Also, back-brush immediately after staining. And that it! You'll notice that your fence looks pretty and great.
Why Stain Your Fence?
Just like paint, a top-notch exterior or outdoor stain helps protect your wood fencing from damage caused by the sun, dirt or moisture. Leaving your fence untreated for long periods can lead to cracking and splitting the wood. Moreover, the failure of this can cause a short lifespan. Understandably, staining a wood fence is somehow easy while using the perfect method. Actually, most staining tasks don't require a ladder during the application process.
We've two popular stain finishes when it comes to the fence, which is solid and semi-transparent. A semi-transparent stain enhances the natural beauty and look of the wood. On the other side, the solid varieties mask large part of the grain. It resembles a paint coating. The solid one does a commendable job of protecting the wood's surface. All this is because the finish is thicker. Furthermore, the solid finish generally lasts longer as compared to transparent and semi-transparent. However, many homeowners prefer a semi-transparent for its natural look.
Why using a pump sprayer is best than brushing?
I suggest using a pump sprayer or an airless sprayer when staining a wood fence. Using a roller and brush for this DIY project is somewhat time-consuming and daunting. Besides, it's labor intensive. With a pump sprayer, you can stain your entire fence just in 2 days or even a weekend. Whether you rent or buy, an airless sprayer is the best.
The best thing is to choose the best pump sprayer that will function properly. Later, you can use a brush to make sure the stain penetrate well into the wood and avoid runs. Nevertheless, before spraying, cover glass and bushes with drop cloths. One important consideration is the type of pump sprayer you need and the stain itself. It's therefore vital to read the label carefully to make sure the stain you have can be sprayed using a sprayer or not.
Best stain for your wood fencing
You'll get an oil version or acrylic version. I have used both, and I can suggest that they will provide excellent results for years. These versions contain potent anti-microbial agents that prevent mildew growth. If you have a cedar fence, these two versions are perfect.
Staining your wood fence makes your home more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. The main reason for applying stain is to eliminate all the materials that would hinder the prolonged lifespan of a fence. Select the stain type that will help you achieve the best. Also, check the age of your wood fence and preferred way of application. Of all the best application is by using a pump sprayer.