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 an electric 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 an electric paint sprayer? 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 paint 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 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 fence sprayers are unlikely to be much more expensive, and will be more versatile and useful to you in the long run.
Some fence 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
Electric 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.
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.
Adjustable Spray Settings
Most fence sprayers come with a range of spray settings. 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 paint sprayer without these options.
Another feature to look out for are fence sprayers with 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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