Liza Greis

Do-it-yourself projects and Home Decor

The Fastest Way to Stain a Fence

We installed this fence two years ago and up until this weekend we had not stained it yet. It was such a feat just to get it up that we kind of just moved on to other projects and forgot about the fence. My sponsored post for HomeRight this month was an outdoor project so the fence finally got bumped up to the top of the to-do list. I got the fence on both sides of our yard (a total of around 500 feet) stained in an afternoon. I’ll share with you the fastest way to stain a fence!


wood privacy fence


The Fastest Way To Stain A fence

When we first moved here we installed a small fence to separate our front yard from the back and I used a brush. It took me all afternoon for less than 20 feet of fence! A paint sprayer is the only way to go. It is so much faster and WAY less messy.

Tip #1

I chose to use my HomeRight Super Finish Max. (affiliate link) It has a larger container and holds more stain which mean less refilling. I used the blue tip that is meant for stains.


blue tip for paint sprayer

You can find the tip chart on the HomeRight website and in the owner’s manual.


I chose a warm gray stain. Partly because I really like gray and also because when the fence naturally ages, it will turn gray. My hope is that as the stain starts to fade over time, it will be less noticeable because of the weathering of the wood.

Tip #2

Mix and stir! I had some stain that we bought after installing the fence (we had good intentions to get started right away) and a couple of cans we bought this weekend. I knew even though it was the same color, that formulas change over the years. Plus with different people mixing it, it could potentially be slightly different, so I poured them all into a 5 gallon bucket. I was right, one batch was slightly darker.

Use a paint stick and stir every time you fill the canister. This will ensure and even color each time.


spraying stain on fence


Tip #3

I started at the top and sprayed four pickets wide, back and forth, and slightly overlapping. Adjust the sprayer so that just enough stain comes out to cover the wood.

Tip #4

Wear gloves and mask. When filling the container, I tend to get a little stain on my hands. I have paper towels handy too in case I drip it down the side of the can or the container. It was breezy the day I stained and sometimes it blew a mist of stain in my direction. I ended up putting on one of those inexpensive face masks and it helped.


spraying stain on fence


It was actually really fun to spray and see the progress happening so quickly! Listen to a podcast and you’ll be done in no time.


fence stained gray


planting shrubs for privacy


HomeRight is offering to giveaway a Super Finish Max to one lucky reader. Think of all the outdoor projects you can do!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway


You must be at least 18 years old to enter. You must be a resident of the USA to enter. The giveaway will go from May 5, 2019 until May 12, 2019. A winner will be chosen by and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. The shipping of the prize is the responsibility of the company, in this case, HomeRight.

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fence before and after staining


This post is sponsored by HomeRight but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. Annette says

    I would use it to paint the bricks in the front of my house, as well as the door and shutters. I have the paint and have been dreading doing it by brush, but this would make it SOOO much easier and faster.

  2. Judy A says

    You’re fence looks amazing. If I won the giveaway, I would pass the sprayer onto my husband, who refinishes furniture. The sprayer would make the jobs much easier.

  3. Jackie Burrell says

    This post couldn’t come at a better time! I am rebuilding our fence and staining it section by section and this seems so much faster. I have been dreading it but now it seems doable. Thanks!

  4. Andrea says

    I have about 200 of of fence to restrain this spring. The last time I used a brush also. Thought I was never going to finish. This is definitely the way to go. It

    You did a great job The coverage looks nice and even. And I love the color.

  5. Linda Waugh says

    We are planning a new fence this summer. The Finish Max Super would make this job really go quickly and save so much valuable time. What a wonderful thing!

  6. Jonelle L says

    This would be perfect for the dresser I have that’s in desperate need of a new paint job.

  7. Michelle says

    Hi, I actually have a bunch of 4×8 sheets of plywood to stain (like 8 to 10 sheets) that I will be ripping down into natural shiplap. it would be so much easier to get this all stained if I had the Home Right sprayer! Thanks so much for the giveaway. =) (Your fence looks fantastic!)

  8. Trena says

    Wow! Super easy. Love the color. This is definitely a new tool I need for home improvement projects.

  9. grace says

    We have couple projects that need new paint badly .. so this would be perfect tool for it. Thank you for the chance and sharing this with us!

  10. Tammara says

    Great job, looks professional! I have 200 ft of fence to do including my front door would love to have this machine to make the job easier!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  11. Danalin says

    I have a back deck AND a wrap around porch that all need to be stained this summer…this would make the job a breeze!

  12. Julie Wood says

    I would spray paint my cabinets outside with them! There are so many uses for this paint sprayer. I would love to win one. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Karen says

    Your fence looks great! It would be nice to be able to paint without getting paint everywhere. I have a lot of painting coming up in my house and this would be a big help.

  14. Kristin C says

    I have a porch swing that is in great need of a new paint job. Then there’s the fence, now that I see how easy it is! And the dining room chairs and the kids bed….I have a VERY long list!

  15. Erica says

    I have been wanting one of these. I need to paint my garage doors, some indoor furniture and outdoor furniture, too!

  16. Karen Anderson says

    I have a fence and a garage door that need to be painted! My husband just isn’t up to it and this would be a great help! Thanks for the giveaway! Just in time!

  17. Melissa Storms says

    I just went and read the specs on this. I would toatally paint a couple of pieces I have chalk paint for, I did not know you could use chalk paint in any type of sprayer. This would be a game changer for me and actually get my hutch done.

  18. Cherie says

    My fence has been badly neglected so I would use the sprayer to stain it and a swing in our backyard.

  19. Pamela Pigue says

    Beautiful color. I would use the sprayer for the same job to start and then the inside of my home.

  20. Noreen says

    I have some unfinished furniture that needs to be stained. I have been waiting for allergy season to finish so I can work outdoors again. This would sure speed the project up. Thanks for the chance to win it. Your fence looks great!

  21. Laura Harrie says

    We borrowed our neighbor’s sprayer to paint our barn. It wasn’t a new model and took a lot of work. Reading your comments on painting your fence makes me want a Home Right Super Max Finish sprayer. Your fence turned out great!

  22. Renee says

    This would be great to have this summer. I am building a porch bench and will be refinishing some thrift store finds.

  23. Whitney says

    I am planning to paint my kitchen cabinets this summer. The sprayer would be so useful. I can’t imagine what the time difference would have been brushing all that stain on!

  24. Tina W says

    My Dad (who just turned 90!!!!) is moving in with me soon, and we will be giving his house a spruce-up before putting it up for sale. This would make that job much easier!

  25. Tyneisha says

    We actually just bought a house and had a fence built, so I would use the sprayer exactly how you’ve described! Looks great!

  26. Ellie Wright says

    I would use it first to paint around the bay windows we have that jut out into the backyard.

  27. Elicia P says

    First thing that popped into my head was… huh, can I use that indoors.
    Then I thought about our shed that needs a coat of paint.

  28. Tina G. says

    I would use it on our outdoor furniture!! It looks really fast and easy to use. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!

  29. Dana Matthews says

    Nice job! Our next project is to repair and rework our front porch. This would be perfect to help finish it up with a nice coat of paint.

  30. Jen Freese says

    I would love to use to paint the foundation of my home! Would save on backbreaking paint job this summer!