How To Stain A Fence

Y’all staining a fence can be an overwhelming project. We have stained several over the years, and every time we finish the project, we say we are never doing this again. But here I am, writing about staining our fence. Fence staining is expensive, so when it comes down to it, I just can’t justify paying someone a couple thousand dollars when I can do it myself. Is that prideful? Probably. Will that someday bite me in the butt? Probably.

In the meantime, let me walk you through the easiest way to stain your fence, so you can save a couple thousand dollars.

Before you start staining your fence, you need to make sure it is power washed. You can check out my post on power washing here. If you don’t have a power washer, I highly recommend investing in one. They are not super expensive, you will get your money out of it, and if you are a weirdo like me, power washing will bring you some weird sense of satisfaction. This is the power washer we use in our home.

This is what our fence looked like before a power wash:

This is what our fence looked like after a good power wash:

So much cleaner and brighter!

Once you are finished power washing, then you can start staining.

How To Stain A Fence


Stain and Sealer (We used Ready Seal Stain in Mission Brown)

Large Paint Brush

Paint Sprayer (low cost version and nicer version)


1. Using the paint brush, stain the areas of the fence around the house and any metal that you do not want covered in stain.