You want your fence to give off a professional and natural beauty? You can choose from many different finishes from oak to walnut to mahogany. But in order to do a fine job as well as getting the job done pretty darn quick, you will need the best stain sprayer for fence. It is simply not enough to pick any old sprayer.
The best stain sprayer for the fence should be able to spray your stain in a fine finish with top notch control. It should also provide a paint cup that is adequate in size and provides equipment and features that make spraying comfortable and convenient.
In this review, we will take a look at six great sprayers from brands like Wagner, Rexbeti and Graco. We will show you to their greatest strengths as well as their weaknesses, and only one can be considered the best of the best, when all is said and done.
Metal paint cup
Nozzles, cleaning needle, allen wrench
Graco 262800 X5
Nozzles, cleaning needle, funnel
Smaller paint cup
TCP Global Brand HVLP
Nozzles, cleaning needle
Wagner has various different paint and stain sprayers throughout its history, and this is the first of two in this review. This is considered a premium and spiffy version, but how well does it really hold up?
You will first notice that this sprayer comes with two paint cups. The plastic cup is 1.5 quarts, while the metal cup is 1 quart. This gives you options for what you want to paint or stain. We suggest choosing the metal cup for stains, while the larger cup is best suited for heavier paints.
This stain sprayer includes a couple of air filters, as well, so that the paint always comes out nice and easy. No air bubbles, no drippy messes and no rough finishes. Almost all the stain in the cup will end up on your fence.
The Control Spray Max comes with two spray patterns: Horizontal fan and vertical fan. There is no round pattern for you to use, but you will spray with the vertical pattern for the most part when it comes to fences.
The Control Spray Max is a cinch to clean, thanks to its ability to disassemble. Take apart anything you need to and clean the sprayer all throughout with water. For oil based liquids, you may also need mineral spirits or another cleaning product to clean the sprayer effectively.
The caveat to this stain sprayer is that it is not primarily designed to spray large applications such as fences or walls. Because the cord is short, the movement you have is limited, unless you take the effort to move the equipment every few inches.
Homeright’s offering for a stain sprayer for fences provides customers with decent power and performance. It is also an easy sprayer to use, and since you spend more towards the sprayer compared to cheaper sprayers from Homeright, your projects will get done quicker.
We enjoyed using this sprayer, mainly on account of how quiet it can be. You would expect that HVLP sprayers without motors are already quiet to begin with, but the Super Finish Max is created in a way that doesn’t allow the stain or liquid to get noisy as it travels through multiple parts of the gun.
The Super Finish Max has three different spray patterns for you to choose from: Round, horizontal and vertical patterns. In addition, you have three different spray nozzles: The blue one is 1.5 millimeters, the green one is 2 millimeters and the red one is 4 millimeters. We suggest the blue or the green one for sprays.
Cleaning this stain sprayer is fairly simple. Why it is simple is because you simply run water through it and use the cleaning needle in order to effectively scrape out most of the liquid still trapped inside.
The biggest problem with this sprayer is that it is messy to use. You certainly won’t use all the paint that you pour in the paint cup, and that is because much of it just drops down the front of the gun. With that said, we find this to be rather disappointing, because it is truly a waste of paint. That is not a nitpick.
Graco Magnum X5 is hands down the most powerful of paint sprayers in this review. Its results are amazing, but it is a very expensive sprayer that is mostly intended for commercial use. If you are still intrigued, allow us to show you the great results in detail.
The Magnum X5 allows you to extract paint and out the gun’s nozzle right from a one or five-gallon bucket of paint. This means that no more needing to pour, and it also means you won’t actually be carrying the paint around with you, either.
With a full, five-gallon bucket of paint, you can continuously spray for 20 minutes nonstop, at a quarter gallon per minute with a ½ horsepower motor. If you think the sprayer is too extreme, you can also turn down the pressure.
Along with Graco’s stain sprayer, you get an extension tip that touches the ground and ceiling. This tip attaches to the gun, and allow you to spray floors, walls and ceilings without needing a ladder or to bend over. The tip really helps to save time and stress.
Cleaning with this sprayer is also very well done. To clean the sprayer, you will have to connect it to a garden hose where need be, and turn the water on. The water makes any paint remaining inside just gush right out. With this feature, cleaning has never been easier.
Because this is an expensive sprayer, we do not recommend it to just anyone. If you paint or stain for a living and plan to use it often, then it will completely be worth the money. We do not recommend buying this for a one-time use, so it should not be what you should be looking for if you aren’t looking to paint more than one or two projects.
Rexbeti’s stain sprayer, despite being given the “Ultimate” moniker, is actually an affordable and entry level product for one-time users and beginners. It is made with the simplest of fashions with a gun and a one-liter paint cup.
One thing that it does have it going for it is the ergonomic design. It fits comfortably in a user’s hands and leaves the user with a comfortable experience from a full cup of liquid to empty. You would be sure that your hands and arms will not get sore after a long staining project, such as a very wide fence.
This stain sprayer has three different patterns that you can adjust to: Round, horizontal and vertical. Just simply select the pattern with a dial on the back of the gun. You can also choose the size of the nozzle from two millimeters to three. If you ever want to use this sprayer for straight-up paint, you can use it with Rexbeti’s sprayer, too.
This sprayer is on the easy side when it comes to cleaning, as well. This product comes with a cleaning needle for you to remove any and all excess paint that is hiding inside the gun and the paint cup. Simply use water to rinse the gun off with, and you should be good to go.
The caveat to this sprayer is that there is hardly any control to be had. The overspray can just get out of hand, and you may end up spraying stain in places that you do not want spray to come into contact with. With that said, be sure to put down plenty of tarp while working on your fence.
Whereas the first Wagner stain sprayer is the Control Spray Max, this one is the Control Spray Double Duty. There are some similarities, but also some differences with the other stain sprayer brought to you by Wagner.
This stain sprayers has two cups for holding liquids in. One is a quart in capacity and the other is half a quart larger. Choose the large cup to hold more liquid at a time, but also consider the smaller cup if you want a more comfortable and lighter experience. You cannot go wrong with either one.
This sprayer is not limited to indoor or outdoor use, either. You can enjoy a smooth finish regardless if you are working on wood inside or outside the home. Like the other Wagner sprayer, this gun has two turbines to ensure that stains will come out smoothly every time.
You aren’t limited to using just stains with this stain sprayer. You can also use enamels, lacquers and varnishes quite well. From full to empty with the larger paint cup, it will take you about 10 minutes of continuous spraying, which is quite a long time.
This is a stain sprayer that advertises itself as a paint sprayer, but it does not work that well with thicker paints. This might not be a problem if you just want to stain a fence, but perhaps you have a stain you want to use that the sprayer may not take kindly to as well. The nozzle is just too small, and there is no way to equip the sprayer with a bigger one.
The last sprayer is a stain sprayer from TCP. This is a simple sprayer that is sold at an affordable price.
There are three spray nozzles that come with this spray gun. The smallest nozzle is 1.8 millimeters, which you will need to use for stains and thinner liquids. There are also 2.6-millimeter and 3-millimeter nozzles that are included.
For the price that this stain sprayer comes with, we surely experience a finish that is better than we would expect. The finish comes out rather smoothly and neatly. This is a high volume and low pressure spray gun that limits the air intake and also prevents overspray.
This is another easy-to-clean stain sprayer in which you can take it apart entirely. This way, you can clean all the parts with water and not have to waste time trying to clean what you cannot see.
The problem that we have experienced with this stain sprayer is that the container is not secure enough. It will often sputter paint as you turn it on, and the whole container might fall off, if you are not careful. Furthermore, this is a noisy sprayer to use, so be sure to put on headphones for this one.
Step 1. Mow your grass around the fence so that nothing can interfere with the staining process.
Step 2. Inspect your fence and be sure that no parts of the fence require any repairs or replacements. This includes rotting or loose nails or screws.
Step 3. Remove any loose paint or splinters that are sticking out. If they come off after you have stained your fence, it will ruin the finish.
Step 4. Clean the fence with a power washer. With a large blast of water, you will be able to remove debris and dirt. Also, you can use a cleaning product to especially remove any mold that might grow on the fence, such as tri-sodium phosphate.
Step 5. Allow the fence to dry before proceeding. We recommend that you wait one to two full days.
Step 6. After waiting, prepare to get started with the stain sprayer. Wear the proper equipment to prevent stain from getting on your, your clothes, or inside of you.
Step 7. Load the spray gun with the stain and spray the fence starting from the top. Hold the sprayer out eight to twelve inches from the fence. One board by one, start at the top and work your way down the bottom. If you notice dripping, catch the drips with either a paper towel or clean cloth.
Step 8. Be sure to spray the fence on the opposite side, as well. Repeat the actions as described in step 7.
Step 9. After staining is complete, follow the proper instructions for how to thoroughly clean your stain sprayer. It will typically involve washing out with water. Allow the sprayer to dry afterwards and put away any left over stain in the can and equipment.
There are multiple characteristics to each stain sprayer, and they all make each sprayer unique. Here are the things to consider when selecting a best sprayer for staining a fence.
The finish is how well the stain is sprayed onto the surface. All companies will claim to have a working finish, but it is important to find out how well the finish truly is on a particular product. Generally, you would like a smooth, uniform finish that makes your fence look like brand new. You do not want your stain to come out rough.
You would like to have a stain sprayer that can spray thin stains with no trouble at all. Some stain sprayers have small enough nozzles to spray stain in a nice finish, while others come with selectable nozzle for a variety of thick and thin liquids for spraying.
Another important factor in a stain sprayer is the paint cup. Whether a big cup or a smaller cup is better comes all down to personal preference. Big paint cups easily carry more stain, but they also make the spray gun heavier to hold. Small paint cups carry less stain, but they also make the spray gun more comfortable and lighter to hold. Some paint cups can only hold as much as 20 ounces of liquid, while other can hold as much as 1.5 quarts, which is a fairly large amount.
Most stains are oil-based, so water will not be useful for cleaning a sprayer alone after a project. Here is what you need to clean stain liquid from a sprayer. If you use a water-based paint, then water will be enough to clean the sprayer.
There are two common substances you can try to use to clean oil-based stain from a sprayer: Paint thinner and soap. Even though the name is “paint thinner”, it is primarily used to loosen up oil-based substances which include paints and stains. Paint thinner will definitely help to remove moist or dry stains inside of a stain sprayer.
Warm soap and water are the old-fashioned means of cleaning, and it can be still a rather effective means to clean liquid that hasn’t yet dried. If you have fairly recently used the sprayer and are not waiting at all to clean it, you can use soap and warm water and hope that does the trick.
And as always, refer to your instructions on how to properly clean the product that you have bought. If the sprayer also came with a cleaning needle, it would be wise to use it.
The best paint sprayer for fence is the Wagner 0518050 Paint Sprayer.
Wagner is honestly a reliable company that makes paint and stain sprayers that work well and do not come with many disadvantages. We enjoy the Control Spray Double Duty for its light weight, large paint capacity and compatibility with stains. The finish is decent, the sprayer overall is easy to use and you will get your fence stained at an enjoyable pace, to say the least. It also controls well, with no need to worry about overspray or unexpected mishaps with the flow of stain.
The other stain sprayers have problems that are too glaring to be considered by careful homeowners. While this Wagner stain sprayer doesn’t work too well with paint, it definitely can do a good job at staining a fence. That is why this is the best stain sprayer for fences.
Our runner up in this review is Graco’s paint sprayer. Of course, it is a very expensive model, but if you need it to stain numerous fences and decks as part of your profession, we urge you to buy this, instead of a cheaper sprayer. The cheaper sprayers will take longer to spray than commercial sprayers, and they simply do not last as long.
Todd Davis is a DIY enthusiast, traveler and writer for a long time. He has a deep understanding of all types of paint sprayers, chairs, vacuums and door hardware.