Things to Know Before Buying a Fence Sprayer
Fence sprayers save time. Fact. Gone are the days when you’d have to stand there, painstakingly labouring away with a paintbrush. Now, you can simply fill up a paint sprayer, set it going, and finish the job in a fraction of the time.
Of course, it can be hard to know exactly what to look for when buying one of these nifty gadgets. After all, you want to make sure you’re getting the best fence sprayer possible, to make the job as painless as it can be.
Take a look at the advice below to help you make an informed purchase:
The Benefits of Using a Fence Sprayer
So, why go to the effort of buying one of these machines? Are they really worth the investment? Let me tell you, without a shadow of a doubt – yes they are! I didn’t even realise how much so until I bought one.
Paintbrushes make for slow work. This much we know. But it can also be much more difficult to apply paint evenly with a paintbrush. Furthermore, they often leave visible brush marks, and can even cover up the pleasing aesthetic properties of the surface.
A fence sprayer will:
- Give an even application of paint
- Provide excellent coverage
- Take the back ache out of fence painting
- Save you tonnes of time!
Type of Paint
Your choice of paint sprayer will depend somewhat on the type of paint you want to use.
Some fence sprayers are quite specific about the type of paint they can be used with, and this can really limit you. Especially if you already have some paint that you’re hoping to use.
For example, all of the fence sprayers in this list are suitable for use with a wide range of paints and stains, including solvent-based and water-based paints.
This is something to keep an eye out for, as some fence sprayers won’t be able to be used with solvent based paints.
Your best bet is to ensure that the fence sprayer you’re thinking about buying can be used with a lot of different paint types. These sprayers are unlikely to be much more expensive, and will be more versatile and useful to you in the long run.
Some sprayers will require you to dilute paint before using it, you should check the manufacturer’s instructions to see what to do in this case.
Size of Paint Reservoir
Fence sprayers range in how much paint they can hold.
If you have a large area to paint, check that the paint sprayer you choose has a large paint reservoir. Otherwise, you will end up refilling the tank every five minutes.
Here we can see some of the tank capacities of the fence sprayers featured on this list:
It’s easy to see that some fence sprayers will need refilling more often than others. That said, refilling isn’t too time consuming and it will still be much faster than using a paintbrush. So, it’s up to you how much importance you put on this factor.
Another thing to bear in mind, when considering reservoir size, is the flow speed of the sprayer. For example, the NoCry Electric Fence Sprayer can be adjusted to have a painting flow of up to 1200 ml / min. Seeing as its capacity is 1000 ml, you would need to refill quite often if using it on the maximum flow setting. That said, you’re more likely to use these fence sprayers on lower settings.
Choose a Sprayer with Adjustable Settings
Most fence sprayers come with a range of spray patterns. These different settings will make them suitable for vertical work such as fences and sheds as well as horizontal work such as decking and flooring.
These are great to look out for because they really will make it a lot easier to complete these different jobs. You might find it a bit more awkward if you buy a sprayer without these options.
Another feature to look out for is an adjustable flow rate. This is useful for two reasons. One, you can adjust the flow depending on the viscosity of the paint; and two, you can change the flow to get exactly the coverage you’re looking for.
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Fence Sprayer FAQs
Do I need to buy special sprayable stain to spray my fence?
Most good-quality fence sprayers will work with standard stains and paints meaning there’s no need to buy specialist paints. Some fence sprayer manufacturers advise diluting the product to ensure it is thin enough to work with the sprayer. The details of the dilution process will be included in the product manual.
When is the best time to spray a fence?
When spraying a fence, the wood should be dry but not too hot. A sunny spring or summer morning is usually ideal. If the wood is too hot this can affect the adhesion of the stain or paint. Additionally, you should make sure it’s not windy – the fine particles of paint can easily be blown about and land on nearby plants or surfaces.
What precautions should I take when using a fence sprayer?
Use a mask when using a fence sprayer so that you don’t breath in fine particles. Gloves and goggles are also advisable. In addition, you should protect surrounding areas, such as patios and plants, as the fine spray can get blown about a lot in even a light breeze.
Watch out for any items that could be damaged by the paint such as cars, garden furniture and washing – remove these to a safe distance. If using a sprayer indoors, make sure the room is well ventilated and protect floors and furniture. Make sure children and pets are well out of the way before beginning to spray.
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