The best way to paint a fence

Written by heath wright
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The best way to paint a fence
Paint sprayers create even coats of paint and cover large areas of fence in little time. (grape leaves on a fence image by Tasha from

Painting and repainting fences is a chore done every few years; unless you're Huckleberry Finn, using a paintbrush will take you all day. Thankfully, paint sprayers have been brought into trend today in the home maintenance market; which provide an eloquent solution to spray paint cans. Paint sprayers will provide you with an even coat of paint that will pour itself into every nook and depression in your wood.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Water hose
  • Tarps
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Paint
  • Paint sprayer
  • Spray tips
  • Spray shield
  • Nylon cleaning brush
  • Safety glasses
  • Respirator

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    Spray the fence off with a water hose to clean it. Remove all decorations, furniture and lawn ornaments near the fence. Cover all shrubs and structures on the other side of the fence with plastic sheeting or tarp to prevent spraying those items. Cover any surface which you may think will get paint blown onto it with a spray shield.

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    Insert the sprayer tip into the sprayer; choose a thin-nozzle tip as you will have more control. Adjust your sprayer to a lighter pressure. Apply the spray paint to the fence in a lengthwise pattern that goes along with the grain of the wood. Sweep the sprayer up and down as you coat the wood slowly with the sprayer, enabling a clean, thin coat of paint.

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    Finish one side of the fence and transpose the spray shield and tarps to the other side of the fence, protecting the surfaces on the other side of the fence from unwanted paint. Apply the paint on the other side of the fence, the same way you sprayed it on the other side.

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    Remove all the coverings, tarps and shields from the shrubs and furniture. Move all the furniture and decorations back into place. Follow the directions that came with your sprayer on how to clean the paint sprayer. Allow the paint to dry and then clean the fence by brushing off the fence with the nylon brush.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear protective gear while painting.
  • Always practice on a spare piece of wood that is from the same tree as the fence you are painting. Practice until you are sure of the spray tip and spray pressure your wish to use.
  • Avoid spraying paint on windy days.

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