Staining a Fence with a sprayer


hey there I’m Marie from DIY Montreal
and as many of you may know my shop is out of commission so shop projects are
out of the picture but sunny days are finally here which means that time it’s
time for outdoor projects so today I’m going to show you how I refinished my
fence using a paint sprayer let’s get to it
my fence was installed last year so it still looks pretty great but I want to
apply a protective coat to keep it looking that way
even though it’s a relatively new fence it still needs to be clean before
applying stain just like any fence does with a closer look you can see some
water marks and stains but even if there weren’t any visible stains it’s really
important to first clean the fence it’s tempting to skip this step but if you do
your new stain might look great at first but it won’t last very long you can use
a power washer but I don’t recommend it as power washers can actually do more
harm than good and tend to raise the wood fibres leaving a rugged surface
instead I’m going to use a wood cleaner as per the manufacturers
recommendations after hosing down the fence I filled my paint sprayer halfway
up with some water and filled the other half with this wood cleaner I’ll leave a
link to the cleaner I use down below I figured if I could use my sprayer for
staining I could certainly use it for cleaning too I liberally applied the
cleaning solution to the fence not really concerned with a spray pattern at
this point since my goal is just to flood the surface as you can see it goes
on pretty fast now I wasn’t wearing a mask in this shot but it wasn’t long
until I grabbed my respirator and my safety glasses even though this cleaner
says it’s biodegradable it still contains an acid that can irritate the
skin after spraying one section of the fence
I used a stiff brush to scrub each board one by one now I must say this is
probably the most tedious part of this entire project but ultimately worth it
if you want the stain to last it’s important to keep the fence wet during
the cleaning process so I washed one section at a time
fully rinsing off all the cleaner before moving on to the next section before
moving on to staining I let the fence fully dry for 48 hours and at this point
it’s looking better already since the fence is in good condition I’m
using a water-based clear coat protective finish just to give it that
weather protection without adding any color I’m using my new flexio 3000
sprayer by Wagner that comes ready to use right out of the box you just need
to fill the container and plug it in this sprayer comes with a wide-angle
spray nozzle specifically made for fences so I’m looking forward to testing
it out I should mention at this point that any hardware plants adjacent
structures anything like that should be covered to protect them from the stain
since I was using a clear coat I threw caution to the wind and skipped that
step now what’s that expression do as I say and not as I do anyhow I started by
coating all the vertical boards before flipping the nozzle to the horizontal
position and working on the horizontal boards I worked the fence one section at
a time going with the direction of the grain making sure to slightly overlap
each pass in the beginning I had to adjust the spray settings a couple of
times in order to dial it in just right but really it’s pretty intuitive it only
took me about a minute and a half to fully coat one fence panel once a panel
was fully coated I used a synthetic paintbrush to back brush a stain into
the fence this helps the stain penetrate the wood
rather than sitting on top and also avoids any runs the stain dries really
fast when sprayed on so you really need to alternate between spraying and
brushing while the stain is still wet I worked my way across the fence like this
one panel at a time until the fence was fully covered you can already see the
difference it makes after just one coat so one thing I do want to point out is
although I picked a clear coat finish to do my deck- oops okay so one thing I do want
to point out is although I picked a clear coat finish for my fence they’re
not actually clear they say they are but they really have sort of a little tint
to them and they can vary from one bucket to another and I actually ended
up using two different ones because when I started out with one and I ran out I
had to switch over to another one they both said clear but the second one
turned out kind of orangish which I’m not too happy about but anyways they’ll
be protected from you UV rays and it’ll look good for years to come and
I’ll link both of these down in the description below after letting the
first coat dry for two hours it’s time for another refill for the second coat
and I got a little carried away and I made a boo-boo I repeated the exact same
application process as for the first coat sprang one panel at a time and
immediately back brushing the stain using a paintbrush and that’s it when
it’s all done it looks pretty great but don’t be fooled by what you see on TV on
the other side of this beautiful fence here’s what my backyard currently looks
like did I mention I was in the middle of a major renovation process hey I hope
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