How to paint a fence with a spray gun

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Tools and materials

Bucket

Dust mask

Drop sheet

Eye protection

Paint brush

Paint spray gun

Paint stirrer

Safety glasses

Water

Water-based exterior paint

How to paint a fence with a spray gun

1. Get your paint ready for spraying

The paint we used – in this case, a Weathershield colour by Dulux. This water-based paint, so we added another 10 per cent water and gave it a good stir to thin. It’s important to stir well before you pour into your spray gun to make sure all the paint is well mixed and that the colour is evenly distributed. You will need to dilute your outdoor paint five to 10 per cent, depending on the weather and the thickness of the paint, so that it works well in your gun.

How to paint a fence with a spray gun

2. Add more water to your paint

Once you’ve poured about 100mls of paint into your spray gun base, add about another 10mls of water to thin it down even further. Check your consistency – the water is going to want to sit at the top, but you want it even throughout, so give it another good stir. You’ll know for sure if your consistency is right once you start spraying.

3. Prepare your area

If your paint goes down to the level of pavers or bricks – even over plants – you’ll want to make sure you prepare your area first. This means putting down drop sheets and masking up any areas you don’t want your paint to go. Trust us – this spray comes out fast and goes everywhere, so make sure you protect anything you don’t want to get covered. That includes yourself – don’t forget your eye protection and a mask!

4. Start spraying your fence!

Using airless spray guns is really easy – you don’t need an air compressor, just a power outlet! Spray your paint on in nice, even sprays from the top down and make sure there are no big blobs. If you find there are, perhaps you’ve not thinned your paint enough? You can adjust your spray by turning the nozzle on the gun to flow to a fine mist.

How to paint a fence with a spray gun

5. Change the angle of your spray between coats

It’s important to change the angle you are spraying at between coats (you’ll need two for this job) to make sure you get into all the little nooks and crannies. The good thing about spraying is that the paint dries really fast – so by the time you’ve finished the first coat, you’ll probably be ready to go back and start the second! To paint the vertical palings of your fence, set your spray nozzle to horizontal and spray nice, even up and down motions. Remember to have your facemask and eye protection on at all times. 

How to paint a fence with a spray gun

6. Use a brush for the top of the fence

This prevents overspray onto next door’s property – trust us, they won’t be pleased if you accidentally spray their garden, their washing or their pet! Using a brush also means you can get between the fence palings and make sure every part is covered. 

How to paint a fence with a spray gun

7. Clean your spray gun

Once you’ve finished, it’s really important to clean your spray gun straight away so the paint doesn’t dry in it. The easiest way to do this is to wash the pot out, fill it with clean water and spray it through.

8. A fence your neighbours will envious of

And you’re done! How easy was that? Now admire your handiwork, safe in the knowledge your fence will look great for years to come.

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