How To: Stain A Wooden Fence

What you will need

  • Wire brush
  • Face mask
  • Timber paint (make sure paint is suitable for spraying if using this option)
  • Paint sprayer or outdoor timber brush
  • Plastic or disposable gloves
  • Dust sheet
  • Masking tape
  • Newspapers (if required)


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  • 1 Clean your fence to remove dirt, dust and debris. Remove any dirt, moss, fungal growth and lichens with a stiff bristle brush. Wear a suitable face mask when sanding to avoid the inhalation of dust.
  • 2 Mask off any areas you don’t want painted e.g. fence posts or plinth. Lay a dust sheet under the area you will be working at to avoid paint splattering on the ground. Top Tip: Do not apply timber paint in wet conditions or if rain is likely before the product dries. Do not apply in temperatures below 10°C or in high humidity. Do not apply in direct sunlight.
  • 3 Stir paint well before starting. If using a brush, paint the fence in sections. Paint the top edge and any vertical uprights first. Then paint the face of the fence. Start at the top and work your way down, painting in the direction of the grain.
  • 4 For larger areas you can use a sprayer. Pour the sprayable product into the tank of the sprayer and then secure the clips. Turn it on and stand about 20cm back from the fence. Gentley squeeze the trigger to start the sprayer. Spray the fence using the same method as you would if painting with a brush – top edge, followed by any vertial uprights, and then the face of the fence.
  • 5 Leave paint to dry for time indicated in manufacturer’s instructions and apply a second coat if necessary. When finished remove any dust sheets/newspaper/masking tape from the area you were working in.