If you’ve ever tried to paint a big fence you’ll know it’s a long, hard chore; if not, just ask Tom Sawyer. But this is not the 1880s and you can paint your fence quickly, easily, effortlessly, and immaculately – just use an electric fence sprayer!
A fence sprayer offers several concrete advantages over traditional painting with a brush or roller. It is an order of magnitude quicker, has a shorter learning curve, takes much less effort, and allows you to achieve a high-quality, professional result. These four advantages are manifest to a greater or lesser degree in different brands and models of electric fence sprayers, so try to choose the right one for yourself.
For instance, high-end fence sprayers have fully adjustable flow rates while entry-level ones do not. The majority of fence sprayers have a variety of built-in spray patterns; this interchangeability means the sprayer can be used for fences and walls as well as flooring and decks. Although some manufacturers claim that you can put unthinned paint even in their respective compressed-air or HVLP sprayers, a few such sprayers can really use unthinned paint without clogging and build-up. Then there are compressed air sprayers versus airless pressure sprayers. And one more variable or ‘feature’ to keep in mind: all electric fence sprayers are noisy, but some are (a lot) noisier than others!
You are not limited to using your electric fence sprayer on only your fence, of course. You can utilize it for your shed, vinyl siding, summer house…
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Quite often fences, other surfaces, and building structures need a fresh coat of paint, but they don’t get it, and that’s because painting with a brush is so laborious and such a put-off, and hiring a professional is so very expensive, right? A one-time investment in an electric fence sprayer kills two birds with one stone: no chore and no labour, and no recurring steep expenses.
An easy top pick, Wagner’s HVLP sprayer handles all kinds of paints and delivers a high-quality, professional finish, yet it is quite affordably priced.
The most compact and least expensive sprayer in Wagner’s ‘W’ series, the W100 can take all kinds of paints, stains, varnishes, and finishes. However, it can be moody – sometimes it has no trouble with thick, gloopy paints; sometimes it requires thinning. It has a maximum viscosity rating of 90 DIN/second and delivers paint at up to 110 millilitres/minute.
It has an input power of 280 watts and Atomisation Power of 65 watts.
The 800-millilitre capacity is sufficient for small projects but the rate of paint flow is higher than one may expect regardless of the setting; as a result, the fluid gets depleted quickly.
Ensure that the sprayer is fastened securely to the handle by checking that the rubber ring is within the handle before you twist-lock it.
Wagner W100 has three spray patterns: vertical, horizontal and detailed. It uses HVLP technology with the aim of minimising overspray.
The paint flow is fully adjustable but it is often a bit more than required or desirable. Even so, this kit gives a high-quality, uniform, professional finish.
Once in awhile a faulty unit may clog up after usage or start to smoke or burn but overall this is a reliable kit.
The power cable is too short but the product at least offers easy disassembly for cleaning.
This Wagner is for the DIYer who wants the best yet is price-conscious.
- This good sport of a kit accepts all kinds of fluids, even thick gloopy ones, and gets on with it.
- Puts out a uniform and professional-looking paint job.
- For a reliable and high-quality kit, the affordable price is remarkable.
- The much-vaunted HVLP technology is not up to snuff because this kit is prone to over-spraying.
- Now and again a faulty unit may get clogged or start burning.
- The power cable is too short.
Without any serious caveats, Tacklife’s sprayer has so much going for it that our value pick can compete on performance and features alone.
Tacklife’s 400-watt sprayer has three spray patterns; vertical, horizontal, and round, and the spray width lever controls spray area and atomisation. It comes with four nozzles, from 1 millimetre to 3 millimetres. It has a 900-millilitre container.
One of the excellent design features of this kit is that the receptacle’s lid can simply be flipped open without the need to unscrew or disassemble anything for quick and convenient fill-ups.
This sprayer may stop working but if it does, simply disassemble and look through the parts, especially the nozzle, and you will probably find the source of the blockage.
Now and again it may start to spray in large patterns or release uncontrolled flows of paint.
Tacklife discourages the use of latex paint, particle paint, and corrosive paint. No matter which paints you use, for best results water down thick, viscous paints to the recommended viscosity.
The instructions are dodgy but the sprayer is easy to set up, use, and clean. However, it has a number of small parts which take some time to clean properly.
It is seriously loud and you may well need earmuffs. The two-metre power cable is too short.
Although Tacklife’s sprayer is budget-priced, it comes with extra gaskets.
It is an unusual value pick in that the usual caveats such as on-and-off reliability, sub-par build quality, lack of accessories, etc. simply do not apply. This value pick stands on its own and can be compared with the best of them.
It is covered by a two-year warranty.
Our value pick is for the DIYer on a budget who wants it all.
- The flip-open and close design of the receptacle’s lid is super-convenient and useful.
- Easy in every way – assembly, use, and cleaning.
- A can’t resist purchase at a can’t-beat price.
- Can start spraying in large patterns and prone to the uncontrolled flow of paint (overspray).
- Sometimes it can get clogged and stop working.
- One of the loudest sprayers – keep earmuffs handy.
Although it is costly, Wagner’s quiet sprayer not only delivers a fine spray with perfect coverage, its tank is the biggest among DIY kits.
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Wagner’s fence sprayer runs on 280 watts of power. It can handle all kinds of paints, stains, varnishes, and finishes. Although this sprayer can take wood preservatives and solvent-based paints, using water-based paints is the way to go for beginners.
It delivers a very fine spray and its coverage is well-nigh perfect. The paint flow is fully – and really – adjustable. However, do not set it at full flow in the first instance. Rather, set it to a low level and then adjust upward as necessary.
The Wood Perfect model’s 1.4-litre receptacle is the biggest among the sprayers under review and is one of the biggest among fence sprayers in its class.
You can choose between the usual three spray patterns: vertical, horizontal, or detailed.
Though at 280 watts it is the joint-least powerful among the sprayers under review, it is also perhaps the least noisy.
The power cable is unacceptably short.
This sprayer’s price does not compare well with the competition but it offers the advantage of being able to spray virtually any kind of fluid.
- Even a rank novice can get a nice, even finish like an old pro.
- The 1.4-litre tank is one of the biggest among DIY fence sprayers.
- Just about any kind of fluid can be used with this accommodating sprayer.
- Underpowered at 280 watts, especially at the price.
- Very short power cable.
- Quite costly, and not a good deal compared to the competition.
Although only diluted paints can be used, the flow, control and finish are so very good that they catapult Meterk’s low-priced unit into the top-three rankings.
Meterk’s 400-watt fence sprayer has a maximum viscosity rating of 60 DIN/second and delivers paint at up to 800 millilitres/minute. The flow rate is adjustable with a valve knob.
It utilises HVLP to minimise overspray and maximise efficient usage of paint. Indeed, this kit delivers a precise pattern with marginal drift and good control of the spray, and flow is very good.
This sprayer has a tough time handling undiluted paints and emulsions so be sure to water down or thin the paint, otherwise you may run into blockages.
The sprayer comes with nozzles in three sizes, 1.3, 1.8, and 2.6 millimetres. The spray head can be rotated to choose either of three spraying patterns; horizontal, vertical, or circular.
This Meterk is one of the noisier sprayers. Disassembly is a snap and cleaning is unusually quick and easy.
The container is 800 millilitres in volume, which is too small and is the joint-smallest among the sprayers reviewed here. The power cable at two metres is also too short.
Included in the package is a generous complement of accessories: viscosity funnel, cleaning needle, cleaning brush, and washer.
For such an excellent kit the price is really amazing.
This is a Top Three-selling paint sprayer and it is ideal for the DIYer who wants the biggest bang for his buck and is not fixated on name brands.
- Amazing price for such an excellent kit.
- Delivers a controlled spray and an even, streak-free, professional finish.
- Unusually quick and easy cleaning.
- The vast majority of paints must be thinned down.
- One of the noisier fence sprayers.
- The container’s volume is too low.
While Bosch’s sprayer may not deliver the finest of finishes and be prone to over-spraying, it has a three-year guarantee and switchable spare canisters.
Bosch’s sprayer runs on 650 watts of power. It takes all types of paints, including wall paint, glaze, and varnishes.
Regardless of the settings, this kit does not atomise as finely and deliver as smooth and even a finish as one or two others. Sometimes paint is delivered far too quickly as the gun can overspray all of a sudden.
The trigger can develop a fault: a weak spray or simply hot air blows from the nozzle even when the trigger is not actively depressed.
Two nozzles are supplied; one for wall paint and the other for lacquers and glazes.
The 1-litre container is good-sized. However, the best part is that Bosch lets you buy spare paint containers. Keep a few filled up, and you can quickly switch containers out and in without interrupting your workflow.
The PFS 3000-2 is a moderately noisy sprayer, and certainly a very heavy one (even without paint in the receptacle).
It is covered by a two-year guarantee, extendable to three years if the purchase is registered with Bosch.
For the lifelong DIYer whose go-to brand is Bosch.
- Ability to use any and all types of paints and other sprayable liquids.
- Generous three-year guarantee.
- Availability of separate receptacles is a big plus – keep a few filled and ready to go.
- Prone to uncontrollable over-spraying.
- The trigger may not release, causing paint or hot air to keep blowing.
- Heavier than other sprayers in its class.
How To Paint a Fence with a Fence Sprayer
Granted, using a fence sprayer is not rocket science but still, complying with best practices and following some ‘dos’ and ‘donts’ will result in your being able to utilise your electric fence sprayer to its maximum effect and achieving the best possible paint job on your fence.
- Inspect the fence for trouble spots like protruding nails or tilted panels and do necessary repairs before beginning painting activity.
- As a preliminary step prep the fence. You can wash it down or scrub it with a stiff brush to clean off as much dust and grime as you can.
- If the fence had been painted before, strip and scrape off as much of the old paint as practicable but at least scrape chipped or peeling areas. You may wish to apply paint stripper and then scrape or sand off the old paint; if so, consult a fence stripping guide.
- Whether you are spraying primer, paint, stain, varnish, sealant, or anything else, a few preliminary steps detailed in the following four paragraphs should be taken.
- For best results do your fence spraying on a sunny – but not hot – and dry morning. If you have washed your fence, be sure that it is fully dry.
- Cover nearby structures and plants with protective sheeting and drop cloths as appropriate, especially if there is a breeze, so that they don’t get an inadvertent paint job.
- Gloves and cover-alls are optional but a face-mask and goggles are compulsory.
- As an optional step, spray primer on the fence before painting it. If you do, allow the fence to fully dry before painting it. Use the rest of this guide as a how-to, substituting ‘primer’ for ‘paint.’
- Take a fresh, unopened tin of paint.
- If you use an opened tin of paint you must try to figure out whether or not the paint is still usable. Paint goes bad and expires after the tin is opened; depending on the type of paint, storage conditions, and the re-sealing of the tin, the time period can range from six months to six years.
- Shake the tin well (or stir it well after opening it).
- Open the tin. If you had not shaken the tin, if there is any ‘skin,’ remove it and stir the paint well.
- As necessary or desired, thin the paint with water or thinner to the appropriate degree and stir it. It is usually a good idea to thin paint for all sprayers except airless sprayers. Pour paint in the sprayer’s container, preferably through a sieve, strainer or even wire gauze to filter out any congealed lumps, particles, and contaminants (which may clog the nozzle). Attach one of the bigger nozzles and choose the vertical pattern on the sprayer.
- Prime the sprayer so that the paint reaches the nozzle with the sprayer delivering a mist of spray at the correct atomisation and spread, and of the preferred pattern.
- Consider spraying a test band or patch on a hidden or unobtrusive area of the surface to be painted, or on some other, separate piece of the same material as that to be sprayed. This way you can run a check that the paint is not too dense or viscous and that the sprayer is not over-spraying.
- Hold the base of the nozzle so that it is perpendicular to the surface to be painted, and at a distance of 20 to 25 centimetres. Press the trigger as you slowly and steadily move the nozzle back and forth or up and down so that each stroke overlaps with the previous one, and so that the surface is sprayed evenly and smoothly. Spray in the direction of the grain; avoid spraying across the grain. Re-adjust the spray pattern as necessary.
- If the fence has railings, do not miss the undersides. If it has palings, do not miss the insides. If it has both railings and palings, do not miss the insides of the ‘T’s.
- Use a brush to smooth out fresh paint in corners and crannies.
- After the entire fence is sprayed, carefully inspect the fence for any unsprayed or under-sprayed spots, or rough patches, and re-touch by brush or sprayer.
- Consider putting up ‘Fresh Paint – Do Not Touch’ signs to caution visitors and passers-by from getting paint on themselves and messing up your freshly-painted fence!
- Leave the fence to air dry.
- As an optional step, spray sealant on the fence after painting it. If you do, allow the fence to fully dry before spraying sealant. Use the rest of this guide as a how-to, substituting ‘sealant’ for ‘paint.’
- The final step is to disassemble your electric fence sprayer and thoroughly clean it as soon as possible after use, otherwise you risk shortening the working life of your sprayer and causing yourself no end of frustration.
Kersie learnt the basics of gardening as a toddler, courtesy of his grandfather. In his youth he was an active gardener with a preference for flowering plants. He is a professional and vocational writer and his freelance projects have spanned various kinds of writing.