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Top 5 Best fence sprayers to take the pain out of painting fences or decking
Last Updated on April 27, 2020 by John
Do you feel overwhelmed when you look at the vast expanse of peeling paint or faded stain on your fences and then look down at the small brush or roller in your hand? This may be the time when you finally realise that you need to go beyond staining and painting by hand to using power technology to do the job for you. Welcome to the world of fence sprayers. We’re not talking about small sprayers for the occasional indoor wall or garden chair; we’re talking about the powerful sprayers that will make short work of your fences – even if you have to do both sides.
Our review of the Best Fence Sprayers takes into account the special needs of painting a fence – its sheer size; the length of time you have to hold the sprayer; and the kinds of primer, paint or stain that you want to use. We review the top fence sprayers and highlight the two that we recommend the most as our Best Pick and Runner-up selections. We’ve also included a Buyer’s Guide that discusses the different features of a fence paint sprayer and which ones are worth the extra cost.
The review’s Best Pick is the Wagner Fence & Decking Paint Sprayer. This is a powerful fence sprayer that handles a wide variety of liquids in order to give your fence just the treatment it needs.
Coming in as our Runner-up is the Tacklife SGP15AC Electric Paint Spray Gun. This sprayer isn’t as expensive as the other products in this review but it does the same task with a high degree of customisation.
Using a fence sprayer will free up your time to sit back and admire your handiwork on your revitalised fence.
Top 5 Fence Sprayers Review
1. Wagner Fence & Decking Paint Sprayer
The Wagner Fence & Decking Paint Sprayer comes from a company that has a reputation for producing high-quality equipment. Its 450W motor is strong enough to produce a stream of paint that can cover a 1.8m by 1.8m fence panel, that’s 6ft x 6ft in just two minutes. How long would that take you using a brush or a roller?
The Wagner Paint Sprayer works with pretty much every type of low-viscosity material that you want to apply to your fence: water or solvent-based fence paint; oil; varnish; wood preservatives, stains and any other treatments. The paint jar at 1.4 litres is the largest one of the sprayers in this review, so you won’t have to stop work and refill it too often.
You have a choice of several features to adjust so the sprayer works well for your particular project. There’s a choice of three paint pattern settings of horizontal, vertical and circular to cover your fence in the pattern you want. Or perhaps you want to use horizontal followed by vertical if you’re planning to do two coats, though this sprayer covers sufficiently in just one coat. The paint flow is fully adjustable for the speed of the paint leaving the spray – reduce it when you’re doing the small, tricky parts of the fence.
One ergonomic feature of this Wagner sprayer is that is comes with a shoulder strap for you to wear the separate power unit. As you hold only the sprayer in your hand, you won’t become tired as quickly. You can also leave the power unit on the ground and move away from it as the sprayer comes with a 1.8 meter (6ft) hose between the unit and the sprayer.
- Power is 460W; the sprayer covers 5m2 in 2 minutes.
- Suitable for decking, sheds or garden furniture as well as fencing.
- Works with low-viscosity, standard solvent or water-based fence paint, varnish, oil, wood preservatives, stain and treatments for all your fence needs.
- The capacity of the paint jar is 1.4 litres so you don’t have to refill it very often.
- Three paint settings give you a choice of horizontal, vertical or detailed spraying.
- Paint flow is fully adjustable so you can paint your fence accurately.
- Comes with a 1.8m hose so you have some freedom of movement.
- Sprayer puts out extra fine particles that give uniform paint coverage for a smooth finish.
- Detachable paint gun for quickly changing the attachment, the paint or to refill or clean the sprayer.
- Suitable for use inside the house painting furniture or walls as well as outside.
- Flow control on its lowest setting, some may find it still puts out a strong stream of liquid.
Wagner Fence & Decking Paint Sprayer is suitable for spraying decking and fencing outside and painting walls and furniture inside the home so it is a true multi-purpose sprayer. The separate power unit means that you only have to hold the sprayer and paint jar, saving wear and tear on your wrist muscles. The sprayer gun is easily detachable so you can quickly replace the paint and easily clean the unit.
Online reviewers comment that, even with the flow control at its lowest settings, the Wagner Paint Sprayer puts out a strong stream of liquid. This is good news if you have a large section of fence to paint, but you may want to use a brush for the corners and small areas.
The Wagner Fence & Decking Paint Sprayer is a fence sprayer with a great deal of power. If you have a long fence that needs any form of treatment, consider this sprayer to save you time and effort. We’ve made it our Best Pick as we feel there were not really any models that were as good.
2. Tacklife SGP15AC Electric Paint Spray Gun
The Tacklife SGP15AC Electric Paint Spray Gun is quite a bit less expensive than our Best Pick, the Wagner Fence & Decking Paint Sprayer but it comes with many of the same features. This is an electric spray gun with 400W of power which is a little on the low side for fence painting but it still does the job well.
The Tacklife SGP15AC gives you a wide choice of features to customise this sprayer. There are three spraying patterns – horizontal, vertical and circular – so you can be sure to cover every bit of the fence. Four tips for the nozzle ensure that you can spray into the smallest crack and crevice – 2.0 mm, 2.5mm and 3.0mm; the 1.0mm tip is made of copper for its narrow flow. The adjustable valve now lets you control the rate of flow of the liquid according to the size tip you’re using and the area of fence you’re painting. It may take some experimentation to find just the right combination of these features but it’s worth the investment of time.
You can spray low-viscosity paint and primer, stains, enamel, chalk and milk paint, varnish and polyurethane with this product. However, the manufacturer recommends that you don’t use latex paint, corrosive paint or particle paint. The paint has to be of a certain viscosity/consistency and a viscosity test, along with the needed funnel and instructions, is included with the unit. The paint bottle is 900ml in volume and you don’t need to remove it to add more paint. This saves you time and irritation.
- Electric paint spray gun has 400W of power.
- Three spraying patterns – horizontal, vertical and circular – so you can cover your fence as you wish.
- Sprays at any angle so you don’t need to just hold it upright.
- Four nozzle sizes – 1.0mm/2.0mm/2.5/3.0mm let you paint narrow parts of the fence as well as the wide panels.
- Adjustable valve knob adjusts the paint flow so you can spray quickly or slowly.
- Sprays sealers, stains, enamel, varnish, chalk and milk paint, polyurethane, low viscosity primer and wall paint.
- Paint jar is 900ml and easily refillable so you don’t have to stop painting for long.
- Comes with a 2m long power cable so you can move around with the sprayer.
- Sprayer comes apart into three pieces for ease of cleaning.
- Two-year warranty for peace of mind.
- May have spray and coverage problems with watered-down paint.
- No lock-on trigger.
The Tacklife SGP15AC Electric Paint Spray Gun handles most of the materials you may need to spray on your fence. It sprays at any angle so you won’t get tired holding it perfectly upright all the time. The best distance to use this sprayer is 25cm – 35cm from the fence so you shouldn’t be covered by any paint splashing back on you.
Reviewers online say that after watering down the paint or other liquid being used, they encountered some spray and coverage problems. Be sure to do the viscosity test as recommended to find the right consistency for your paint or stain to combat this. The lack of a lock-on trigger on the Tacklife SGP15AC means that you have to continually hold down the trigger when spraying. This may cause you cramping and some tiredness in your hand after a while so this would be a welcomed feature in a future model.
The Tacklife SGP15AC Electric Paint Spray Gun is a relatively inexpensive and versatile fence sprayer that’s customisable in various ways. For this reason, we’ve made it our Runner-up Pick in this Best Fence Sprayer review.
3. Mylek MYPS700 PRO-Spray 700W Electric Sprayer Gun Kit
The Mylek MYPS700 PRO-Spray 700W Electric Sprayer Gun Kit is the most powerful sprayer in our review. It’s a professional level sprayer that’s extremely suitable for large expanses of fences. You can also use it on wood, brick, plaster and metal.
This sprayer gun can be used with a wide range of materials including standard solvent or water-based fence paints, primers, wood preservative and stains. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure that you don’t use a liquid that will clog or even harm the sprayer. The unit comes with a viscosity-measuring cup and instruction on how to obtain the right consistency of liquid – you may have to water down the paint etc.
Several features of the Mylek MYPS700 PRO-Spray make your painting life even easier. It comes with a shoulder strap that lets you carry the sprayer in more comfort and operate it with more stability. Two paint cups are included; one has a capacity of 1.2 litres and the other of 900ml. You can use the one whose volume is best suited to what you can hold. Or you can fill them both for a quick change to the second paint jar when you finish the first one. Finally, this sprayer comes with two air filters which are washable. Change the filter out when you clean the sprayer at the end of each job and replace it with the clean one.
The Mylek MYPS700 PRO-Spray has just one spray nozzle but you can adjust it to three spray settings for extra fine to large sprays. In addition, the adjustable flow regulator gives you control over the speed the liquid exits the nozzle to control how you paint the fence.
- Professional level sprayer provides uniform paint coverage in a single application.
- Electric sprayer gun with 700W for impressive power from an industrial strength motor
- Use with standard solvent or water-based fence paints, stain, sealers, oil, emulsions, enamels, primers, lacquers, varnish, wood preservatives and treatments.
- Three spray head settings give you a choice of spray patterns.
- Adjustable flow rate regulator lets you decide how fast the paint stream should be.
- Two paint cups are included – 1.2 litres and 900ml; lets you use the one appropriate for the size of your job.
- The filters (includes 2) are easily changed and washable so you’ll always have cleanly strained paint.
- Viscosity measuring cup allows you to thin the paint etc. to the correct viscosity
- The shoulder strap (included) lets you carry the sprayer more comfortably.
- The hose is 1.8m long
- The power cable is 2m long so you and the sprayer can reach quite a distance.
- 1-year warranty.
- Messy to clean, especially if you’ve used oil-based paints.
- Learning curve to use it properly and get good results.
The power of the Mylek MYPS700 PRO-Spray 700W Electric Sprayer Gun Kit sets it apart from other fence sprayers. It can cover a regular fence panel in less than two minutes. The industrial-strength motor gives this sprayer a longer life too. The addition of the removable, washable filters (not usually found on paint sprayers) keeps your paint strained from lumps and debris. The included shoulder strap gives you options on how to carry this spray gun.
Reviewers are impressed with this professional-grade fence sprayer but state that there’s a learning curve to get it to operate properly but this the same for all paint sprayers, especially if you have never used one before. It’s also messy and time-consuming to clean, especially if you use oil-based paints but again, the same is to be said about most models. You have to water down the paint etc.
We’re impressed with the power of the MYLEK MYPS700 PRO-Spray 700W Electric Sprayer Gun Kit. All pro-quality tools always take some effort to learn how to use them to their full capability. This sprayer is for you if you need a powerful tool for your many metres of fence.
4. NoCry 1200ml/min Electric Paint Sprayer
The NoCry 1200ml/min Electric Paint Sprayer has a 600W motor for enough power to cover a fence quickly. You can spray the usual range of materials – paint, stain, oil, lacquer, enamel – but check the manufacturer’s instructions before you put anything into the paint jar. In addition, this model also handles texture paint and airbrush coating materials, two liquids that other paint sprayers in this review don’t appear to handle.
Another notable difference is that the NoCry Paint Spray can take materials with more viscosity/more “thickness” than most other fence sprayers. You won’t have to thin your paint so much, but do use the viscosity test kit included in this package to get just the right consistency.
You have the choice of four nozzle tips that determine the width of your liquid spray. Select from 1.5mm, 1.8, 2.2mm and 2.6mm. The widest tip is best for painting the entire fence panel whilst the narrowest tip handles the crevices in the wood. Worth mentioning that you can get replacement or refund if you’re not happy with the product.
- Electric paint sprayer with 600W motor for significant power.
- Adjustable airflow speed lets you be in full control of how paint comes out.
- Three spray patterns – horizontal, vertical and circular – for the best coverage for your fence panels.
- Four nozzle tips let you spray thin or thick coating materials – 1.5mm/1.8mm/2.2mm/2.6mm.
- Sprays paint, lacquer, stain, oil, texture, enamel, and airbrush coating materials without needing to water them down.
- Paint container is 1 litre so you don’t have to change it very often.
- Viscosity cup is included so you can check that your paint is neither too thick not too thin.
- Cleaning brush and pin included; disassembly and cleaning is easy.
- Power cable is 2m long so you can travel with the sprayer along the fence.
- Handles viscosity up to 100 DIN/s; other sprayers in this review can only handle 70 DIN/s.
- 4-year warranty and NoCry guarantee for replacement or refund if you don’t like the sprayer.
- Needs practice to get a smooth finish.
- Gets heavy after 20 minutes or so.
The NoCry 1200ml/min Electric Paint Sprayer states that as long as it’s not corrosive or flammable, you can use pretty much any material in the sprayer (but check the recommended list first). With this and the adjustable airflow, choice of four nozzle tips and three spray patterns, you can perk up your fences exactly how you want to. This NOCRY model also takes thicker liquids than most other sprayers and you can use the sprayer at any angle.
As with most other fence sprayers, online reviewers state that you need to practice to get a satisfactory finish on the fence. With the paint consistent and three features to juggle, this is not surprising. It’s worth the time and effort to experiment with all this before you start your job.
The NoCry 1200ml/min Electric Paint Sprayer could be for you if you’re looking for a fairly powerful paint sprayer that can safely take thicker liquids and looking for a more budget-friendly option.
5. Bosch PFS 3000-2 All Paint Spray System
The Bosch PFS 3000-2 All Paint Spray System is the most expensive fence sprayer in our review. It offers spraying for all types of wood as well as walls inside your home. This Bosch model has a powerful 600W motor that lets you cover the fence in a short time. The motor has two settings, one for wood and the other for wall paints.
Unlike the other sprayers discussed here, the Bosch PFS 3000-2 comes with two nozzles; one is for wall paint and the other is for glazes. A steady paint supply is produced by the ConstantFeed paint tank for uniform coverage. The 1-litre paint jar is easy to refill thanks to Bosch’s SDS quick-fastening locks. This lock is also on the 2m hose, which is slightly longer than with most other fence sprayers.
You can adjust the width of the paint stream by using one of the three settings n the adjustable nozzle. In addition, you have the choice of three paint patterns – horizontal, vertical and pencil spray.
- Power is from a 650W motor for fast painting.
- Paint nozzle is adjustable in three stages for different sizes of stream.
- Two nozzles: one for lacquers and glazes; one for wall paint.
- Paint jar holds 1 litre of paint or glaze.
- ALLPaint spray system: sprays wall paint, glaze, or varnish on wood or metal.
- ConstantFeed paint container delivers a constant paint supply for an even finish.
- Bosch SDS locks for fast paint changes and cleaning.
- Shoulder strap stabilises the sprayer and you don’t have to hold the sprayer by hand all the time.
- Two-year guarantee; three-year guarantee if you register online.
- Expels fine air-borne particles that settle everywhere.
- Atomisation is too thick for a smooth finish, even at the lowest setting.
- Air from the blower gets hot and dries the paint in the nozzle.
The Bosch PFS 3000-2 All Paint Spray System comes from a manufacturer famous for the quality of its products. This fence sprayer is designed a little differently than the others we’ve included in this review. It has separate nozzles for paint and glazes and you adjust the width of the spray by turning the nozzle, not by inserting different size tips. It does come with a shoulder strap for you to wear the unit to ease the strain on your hand.
Some online reviewers complain that this model expels fine particles from the spray that get everywhere around where you’re painting. They had to spend time to cover up everything close by. Even at the lowest (smallest) setting, the size of the paint particles is rather large making it difficult to achieve a fine or smooth finish. Probably not a problem for painting outdoors, decking fencing but could be a nightmare for indoor use.
Although it performs a relatively simple task – putting a liquid (paint, stain etc.) onto a fence – a fence sprayer has a few features to be aware of. You have to make choices of which features you want and then what settings to use them at. Juggling the settings for your paint and the job is essential to getting just the right combination of paint, pressure and power to achieve a smoothly painted fence.
Here’s what you should know before you make your decision.
Types of fence sprayers
All the fence sprayers in this review are powered by corded electricity. All seem to come with a 2m length of power cord, which you have to supplement with an extension cord if your fence is at the bottom of your garden. They are also airless paint sprayers which are the best and fastest for covering large areas such as your fence. They don’t use air to push the paint out.
The other type of paint sprayer is HVLP (high volume, low pressure) and uses compressed air to push the material out. These create a mist-like spray for finer coverage and are best for smaller indoor projects.
How they’re built
Most fence sprayers are made from plastic, metal or a combination of both. Of course, metal adds to the weight of the sprayer as does any power unit and a full paint jar. One of the sprayers in this review has a separate power unit. You can wear it on a shoulder strap or leave it on the ground beside you.
Be aware of the balance of the sprayer. If the paint jar is at the front of the unit, when it’s full it will add weight there and throw off the balance. You may need to adjust the positions of your hand, wrist and arm to keep the sprayer level.
Some fence sprayers are completely handheld and others come with a strap so you can wear them and use them with more stability. Hold the sprayer in the best way for you to accomplish an even and directed spray of liquid.
A common complaint in online reviews is that the paint jar is too small, whatever its size. The sprayer is sometimes attached to the power unit by a hose that’s usually around 1.8m long. Keep in mind also the length of the power cord that comes with these electric models. In most cases, you need to supplement this with an extension cord.
What you can spray
Some fence sprayers offer you an extensive list of materials to use while others are more limited. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see what paints, varnishes, stains, lacquer and other treatments are available to you.
Preparing the liquid
All of the fence sprayers in this review ask you to decant the liquid into a paint jar of various sizes. Always check the viscosity/consistency of the paint, stain or whatever liquid you’re using. Most sprayers come with the instructions and equipment for a viscosity test so you’ll know how much to thin down the liquid. Don’t over thin it as it will go too fast through the nozzle resulting in overspray a, drips and leaks. On the other hand, liquid that’s too thick won’t make it through the nozzle and will clog it up which can be an absolute nightmare.
Setting the spray
The quality of your finished fence depends on the quality of the spray and how you use the sprayer. Here are some features that affect the quality of the spray:
Adjustable spray width
This may be accomplished through a dial on the spray gun or by attaching different size nozzles. Check how many nozzles and of which widths come with the unit. Smaller tipped nozzles allow you to spray a finer mist.
Most sprayers come with three spray patterns – horizontal, vertical and circular – for complete coverage of the fence. Once again, check how many your chosen spray gun has.
You should be able to adjust the speed at which the liquid leaves the spray gun. You usually do this by twisting a knob on the unit.
Some fence sprayer instructions state that you have to hold them upright and parallel to the ground. Others give you more choice by designing the spray gun so that it sprays at an angle as well. Think of your job and how you would like to use the sprayer.
Cleaning the sprayer after every use is essential to keep it in good working order and stop it from clogging. You clean the spray gun by taking it apart, washing it and putting it back together. How easily you can take apart the unit is a serious consideration in your decision. Most sprayers come with a cleaning brush and a rag as well as instructions so you have all the cleaning tools you need.
Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Yes, you may have to experiment with the settings of the spray gun but follow the guidelines in the manual. Always wear protective eye goggles and either a facemask or a respirator. Fine particles of paint etc. are in the air around you, and breathing them in or having them fly into your eyes are health hazards.
How do you use a paint sprayer on a fence?
It takes a bit of practice to use a paint sprayer on a large area such as a fence. You need to get the viscosity/consistency of the paint right, then select the right size nozzle and then adjust the paint flow speed. You also have to select the spray pattern if you have that choice. Prepare the fence by cleaning and sanding. Fill the sprayer paint jar with your paint, attach it to the sprayer and hold the sprayer at right angles to the fence. Press the trigger and that’s it, you’re spray painting. Please see the Buyer’s Guide of this review for more information.
Which uses more paint, spraying or rolling?
Spray painting uses at least double the amount of paint as rolling. Some of the extra paint stays in the hose line and some of it is lost in overspray. But sprayers produce a more even and smooth finish on the fence while you may be able to see the marks from the roller and runs from the wet paint. Spray painting is the fastest way to paint large areas.
Do I need to thin paint for airless sprayer?
Airless sprayers give a smooth coat on large surfaces, including fences. The paint needs to be thin enough so it can evenly flow through the spray nozzle without clogging it. All sprayers have a viscosity measurement you should achieve with the paint. It’s usually 70 DIN/s, but don’t worry about understanding this number too much as you can measure the viscosity of your paint and adjust it accordingly. Most sprayers come with a cup or funnel which you fill up with paint. You time how long it takes to pour out the paint. (There should be instructions on how to do this included with the sprayer.) If it takes longer in seconds to pour out than the DIN/s number (e.g. 80 seconds), the paint is too thick and you need to thin it.
Can you spray Creocote?
Yes. Creocote is a wood preserver frequently used on fences. You can either brush it on or spray it on. But read the manufacturer’s instructions first to make sure that the sprayer can handle this and for instructions on how to do it. Creocote can kill plants so make sure that you cover yours before starting to spray.
If you have a large area of fence to paint, using a fence sprayer rather than a brush or roller will speed up the process. You won’t have to make it a multi-day task and worry if it’s going to rain tomorrow before you’re finished painting.
From these reviews, it seems that it takes a little while and practice to become proficient in using the sprayer to produce an even and smooth coat of paint. You may need to invest some effort in this and, depending on how rustic your fence is, it may take just an hour or two. Isn’t that worth it to avoid the many hours that painting with a brush takes?
Our top two recommended fence sprayers
Our recommended fence sprayers give you a starting point from which to explore that option. Our Best Pick is the Wagner Fence & Decking Paint Sprayer. It has an average power of 450W and the paint jar is the largest of the products in this review at 1.4 litres. You won’t have to change that too often.
The Tacklife SGP15AC Electric Paint Spray Gun is our Runner-up and has similar power. However, it’s just a little more than half the price of the Best Pick. If you like the idea of using a paint sprayer but have only a small or medium-size job, check out our review of the Best Paint Sprayer.
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