Spraying Your Fence

Spraying Your Fence

Your fence can be time consuming and difficult to paint but it’s an important part of your home exterior! The quickest and easiest way to paint your fence is to spray it!

You could use a handheld power sprayer for a small section of fence, however if the fence is long you will need to refill the paint container often. For a large section of fence, it’s much faster to use an airless sprayer. With the Wagner Control Pro 250 (which replaces the Airless 115 used in this project) you will achieve a superior finish just like the pro’s! Here is a step by step guide to spraying a large paling, steel or masonry fence.


  • To prepare the surface for painting remove all the splinters and flaking old paint. Then clean the fence with a high pressure water cleaner.
  • After you have thoroughly cleaned and prepared the surface, allow it to dry for 24 – 48 hours prior to spraying. This will ensure that the surface is ready and allow for the best possible paint adhesion and coverage.
  • Protect your plants and flowers in the garden by covering the area with Wagner drop cloths.
  • We recommend you also protect yourself by wearing protective clothing and safety equipment such as, eyewear, gloves and a mask.



  • Select a premium exterior paint that is suitable for your fence (refer to your local paint supplier)
  • Following the Control Pro instructions (which replaces the Airless 115 used in this project), place the suction hose in your paint. Once you have primed the system, you are ready to spray.
  • You should place a large sheet of cardboard or thin piece of MDF behind the fence. This will stop any paint from getting onto your neighbour’s property. You should have a helper who will need to keep moving with you along the fence. Make sure they’re wearing protective clothing, eyewear and a mask. It is also a good idea to place Wagner drop sheets under both sides of fence to protect concrete or garden areas.
  • Apply the first coat, starting at the top of the fence and working your way down. Start your spray motion above the fence line and then engage the trigger. Release the trigger at the end of the bottom of the fence and then finish the spray motion. Work systematically up and down, across the fence, overlapping each of the sprayed sections by approx. 50% on each pass. Keep the spray gun 20–30cms from the surface, and move at a steady pace. This will help you maintain a smooth, even finish and will avoid over applying paint. If you produce any runs or drips, simply wipe them off with a heavy rag or thick paper towel before the material dries, and re-spray that section.
  • Allow the first coat to dry thoroughly (approx. 2 hours at 20° C). Then repeat the process and apply the second coat.



  • Once you have completed the project, it is important to follow the simple cleaning instructions for the Control Pro (which replaces the Airless 115 used in this project) to ensure maximum performance of the unit for your next project.


To view the Control Pro in action, click here. 
To view the Airless 115 in action, click here. 


Product Recommendations

Control Pro 250M

Control Pro 350 Extra (Cart)

Canvas Drop Cloth - Heavy Duty

Keep your furniture, floors or garden protected while carrying out your painting project. Wagner has a range of drop cloths in a variety of sizes. A must for any DIY painting project. view

Masking Paper

Protects surface areas from paint splatter and drip. view