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How To Stain A Fence With A Pump Sprayer

Don't waste your entire Saturday by using a simple sprayer

Staining and sealing your wooden fence regularly is the most important thing you can do to extend its life. However, sometimes staining a fence by hand can be a lengthy process requiring a good part of a day off. Luckily there is a quicker way to stain a wooden fence that takes away a lot of the manual labor of the past. Follow the steps below to properly stain your fence with a pump sprayer.

Step 1 – The Right Stain

Not all stain is built the same. Some deck stain is meant to be applied with a brush and roller and some is perfectly fine to apply with a pump sprayer. Wood stains like Olympic Maximum apply beautifully when used in a pump sprayer, and other products like Olympic Smartguard are actually meant to be applied with a spraying device. It is important that you check the instructions and application advice on the back of the stain can or package. Some of the ready to mix stains like Olympic Smartguard must be used within 24 hours after mixed into a pump sprayer. 

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Step 2 -  Clean and Clear Your Fence

You cannot begin spraying a sealant on your fence until you’ve cleaned it and cleared away anything up against it. Remember that spraying a deck stain can cause issues with bushes and flowers against the fence, so cover them if you have vegetation nearby. Make sure you’ve moved away any vehicles if the fence is near your driveway.

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Step 3 – Get Pumped Up

Pumping is the name of the game when using a sprayer. Simply open up your stain sprayer and pour in your wood stain or mix. Then turn and seal the lid counter-clockwise to create an air seal. This allows you to build up the vacuum within the sprayer so you can spray it as needed. The sprayer will have a handle coming from the top near the hose. Once the lid is sealed and you are ready to go all you need to do is begin pumping the handle to build up the internal pressure in the sprayer. As soon as you press the trigger on the hose this pressure will be released, forcing the fence stain out wherever the nozzle is pointed. Make sure you apply from around 10 inches away and never point the nozzle anywhere you do not want stain.


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While some may think staining a fence can take an entire Saturday, with the right prep and a pump sprayer you can achieve gorgeous results in a very short amount of time. To keep your fence looking gorgeous make sure you choose the right wood stain. You can find some excellent choices for your next fence staining project at the link below.

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