How To Stain Your Fence

3 Materials
4 Hours

Use a paint sprayer to stain your backyard fence quickly and super easily!

Oh boy, this project was a LONG time coming! After getting the stain for this project, it sat in our garage for MONTHS before I was able do this. I didn’t know how to stain a fence, but I knew I did NOT want to do it by hand. I used my handing dandy paint sprayer knock this project out BY MYSELF in a SINGLE AFTERNOON!


Start by cleaning your fence. Our fence is about 60 feet long. It took me about 40 minutes to get this whole thing power washed. I only had to rinse ours because it's pretty new but if yours is dirty you can get a cleaner to put in your power washer.

Prepare the Paint Sprayer:

Assembly is super easy though: use the include wretch to swap the tip, put the plastic ring in place to hold it on, and adjust the nozzle depending on the direction you want to spray!

Next add your stain to your sprayer. I used a semi transparent so you can still see the wood.

Time to spray! You can put down drop cloths if you need to protect grass, trees, plants, etc. but we were about to redo the landscaping so I didn't bother. You want to move your sprayer slowly and just move up and down to cover one board at at time. This is SO MUCH faster than hand painting it!

The paint sprayer starts to feel a little heavy but this workout is worth it!

What an amazing difference this makes! I really love the color we chose.

It took me about 4 hours to do our fence. The longest time is setting up and reloading your sprayer!

After the fence stain was done, we had new landscaping installed. I can’t wait for these beautiful boxwoods to fill it. The seasonal color in front looks beautiful now after a few months in front of our newly stained wood fence! The stain on the fence looks perfect after it had a while to dry and really soak in!

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  • Bry Bry on Jan 12, 2022

    I really like the color you used. What is it? The semi-transparent looks ideal. From the photos, it looks subtle. Very nice work.

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  • Hope Hope on Jan 03, 2022

    That's a really nice looking fence!! Very well built...I like the extra trim detail on the top and bottom of the panels. :)

  • Kyralee Kyralee on Jan 06, 2022

    Well done. New stain makes a huge difference. My uncle stained his fence a charcoal nearly black a few years ago. At first I thought it was weird, but black is the perfect backdrop for plants! It really sets them off.