How to Stain a Fence the Fast & Easy Way
Posted By
Larissa Haynes
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Materials Needed: 
  • HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra with Blue Tip
  • Stain of Choice
  • Safety Equipment

Project Steps


When it comes to outdoor DIY projects, one of the most common additions is fencing. Whether it's a tall privacy fence, or a garden fence, etc., they all need maintenance at some point. I don't know too many who look forward to the upkeep, but I do know that there is reason to change the assumption of hard work. Let me show you how easy it can be to stain a 6 ft. privacy fence in minutes. No kidding!

Step 1

As with any project of this capacity, preparing the surface is key. For us, we just installed this 6 ft. tall privacy fence in our back yard. Although the manufacturer of the stain said it can be used on new wood, we decided to let ours cure for a couple of weeks before application. Our fencing was pretty wet with pressure treated chemicals and wanted to have the best possible outcome. Here is our fence after installation.

Step 2

First, remove any debris that may be on the fence and tape/block off any areas that you don't want to get stained (gate hardware, plants, where it meets the house). Taking those steps makes for easier cleanup. Then, fill your HomeRight Super Finish Max Sprayer canister and attach the blue tip. Practice makes perfect when it comes to this tool, so have a try at a piece of scrap wood or cardboard to get your flow adjusted to your desired setting. You can view my video demonstration on how to set up the sprayer OVER HERE.

Step 3

Next, time to have some spray fun. We chose to use a semi-transparent stain that would allow some of the wood grain to show through. This particular product requires two coats, so it's important to get a good base coat on. 

FYI: Painting a fence is completely different than a solid stain. Paint sits on the wood, whereas stain penetrates. Your best options for longevity in your fencing protection is solid stain, followed by semi-transparent, then paint. Also, make sure to move with the sprayer and use your elbow and shoulder, as opposed to your wrist. This will allow you to get smooth, even coverage.

Step 4

After the first coat of stain is applied, make sure to clean your sprayer to have it ready for the second coat. You can cap your canister with the lid provided so it's ready to go when you are.

Step 5

Also, while you are waiting for the first coat to cure, this is a great time to tackle other projects. We are also adding a trellis to the side of our house and I am staining it in a different color than the fence. You can see in my video tutorial how fast it is to use the Super Finish Max Sprayer. Can you imagine brushing it all? Nope, nope, nope.

Step 6

Here is our fence with half of the second coat applied. Can you see the difference between the first coat and the second? I don't know about you, but if one coat takes less than 30 minutes to apply, then it makes sense to give our investment (aka. fence) as much protection as possible.

Step 7

Our DIY privacy fence is done in less than a day, and we are delighted with the results. With little effort, we are protecting our investment and giving it longevity with beauty as well. I can't say enough how much the Super Finish Max Sprayer is a must-have tool. You can see all my past projects using the spayer HERE.

Step 8

I hope you are inspired to update your outdoor decor and invest in your property with a little elbow grease. It's fun, fast, easy, and affordable too. If you'd like to take a peek at our other outdoor projects, you can find them here:

  1. DIY Pergola
  2. DIY Faux Fireplace
  3. Video tutorial for DIY Fire Pit
  4. Build plans for Concrete & Solar Lamp Tables
  5. Build plans for DIY Arbor
  6. DIY Cedar Bike Shed
  7. Shed Makeover

Feel free to ask any questions, and come say "Hi!" to me and my family at Prodigal Pieces. Until next time!

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