How To Stain A Fence The Best Way Using A Sprayer And Roller

Keep The Fence On Your Fort Worth Property Looking Amazing With A Fresh Stain
During the fence staining project

You can learn the 6 step process we use for how to stain a fence. It combines using sprayers and a roller or brush for the best possible look on a fence.

Find the process in the post below-

The Fence Is Fading Away

“It doesn’t look good anymore and I don’t want people over until it does.”

Before following the steps for how to stain a fence

Justin goes to stand next to Kim, who’s staring at their fence. “Yeah, it does look pretty faded. I don’t even really remember what the old color was,” he admits. Kim sighs. “It used to look so good. I remember it in all of our times out here. Playing ball with the dogs, cookouts, and just relaxing in the warmth of the sun.”

Justin rubs her back comfortingly. “We can restain it back to its original beauty, hon. Or we can change the stain color entirely. I can look up the process for how to stain a fence and see if I can do it.”

Kim smiles up at him. “Really? Oh, that’s wonderful! And don’t worry if it seems like too much. We can always find someone else to restain it. The hardest part is probably going to be learning how to match stains if we decide to keep the same color.”

Justin nods as he gets out his phone. He looks up the steps on Google and finds this 6-step process for staining a fence-

Staining A Fence In 6 Steps

  1. Clean fence and let it dry
  2. Remove/mask anything you don’t want stained
  3. Load sprayer
  4. Spray one panel at a time
  5. Brush or roll stain into the fence
  6. Check work for touch-ups

*We like to use an airless sprayer and a 5-inch staining brush

“This seems easy enough. Let’s see if there’s anything else I need to know about how to stain a fence,” Justin says. He scrolls down to find out.

What Everyone Needs To Know About How To Stain A Fence

Firstly, you’ll want to find the best weather in which to stain a fence.

For an airless sprayer with a hose find a central location to set up. This will make it easier to stain the fence because you’ll be able to reach more of it without moving as much.

It’s best to work by spraying one panel at a time. Using an extension wand will allow you to stand away from the fence and be at an angle when spraying. This means less stain on your clothes.

“Which means less mess for me to have to clean after,” Jason notes.

In the process of cleaning a fence

Start from either the left or right. Spray the panel from one direction and at the end switch your angle and spray from the opposite direction. This method will give you better coverage than spraying the pickets head-on.

Using a roller or brush after spraying helps work the stain into the wood. Brushes have more range of motion when back brushing the stain and are easier to handle.

Using a cardboard spray shield will help if staining next to a house, brick wall, etc.

“Kim will love this idea. She’ll know the house and plants or whatever isn’t going to be accidentally stained,” Jason says.

Staining a fence

If you are spraying a latex-based product you’ll need to mask off any metal first. You’ll know it’s a latex product if the cleanup instructions say to use water.

If using an oil-based product you don’t have to mask off any metal. You can spray the metal hardware and wipe down with mineral spirits after staining is complete. It’s an oil product if it says to use mineral spirits as the cleanup method.

“Good to know the difference,” Jason mutters to himself.

Roller Specific Tips

Rollers and painter poles can be great when used to apply a latex stain. But, they’re really messy when it comes to oil-based stains or thin hybrid stains.

If you choose to use a 9-inch roller you’ll still need to have a brush. Use it to back brush in-between the pickets and around the 2”x4” stringers.

When rolling a stain, don’t try to stretch out the product. Use a lot of the stain. Trying to stretch it out can result in lap marks as the stain leaves the roller. It starts out fresh and thick then dries and becomes lighter. You can avoid this by working in smaller sections. After the first time, go back and load your roller and back roll the whole panel.

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“What do you think, Justin?” Justin pauses for a minute to think it over. “I’d say I can do it but is the risk of messing up and having to start over worth it?” he asks. Kim frowns. “Let’s do some more research into fence staining and see if it’s better for us to DIY or hire a pro.”