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Make your fence look a million bucks without the cost of replacing it! Spray painting is a fast and efficient way to update the look of your front or back yard. Check out how.


1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.

Tip: it might seem obvious, but don't spray on a windy day – you'll end up spraying everything but the fence!

The tools and materials you’ll need to complete this project

2Get your paint ready for spraying

The paint we used in this case was a Weathershield colour by Dulux. This is water-based paint, so we added another 10 per cent water and gave it a good stir to thin. It's important to stir well before you pour the paint into your spray gun to make sure the paint is well mixed and the colour is evenly distributed. You will need to dilute your outdoor paint 5 to 10 per cent, depending on the weather and the thickness of the paint, so that it works well in your gun. Check your paint label for the correct amount of water for thinning.

Person stirring paint in a pot

3Add more water to your paint

Once you've poured about 1 litre of paint into your spray gun base, add about another 100mls of water to thin it down even further. Check your consistency – the water is going to want to sit at the top, but you want it even throughout, so give it another good stir. You'll know for sure if your consistency is right once you start spraying.

4Prepare your area

If your paint goes down to the level of pavers or bricks – even over plants – you'll want to make sure you prepare your area first. This means putting down drop sheets and masking up any areas you don't want your paint to go. Trust us – this spray comes out fast and goes everywhere, so make sure you protect anything you don't want to get covered. That includes yourself – don't forget your eye protection and a mask!

5Start spraying your fence!

Using airless spray guns is really easy – you don't need an air compressor, just a power outlet! Spray your paint on in nice, even sprays from the top down and make sure there are no big blobs. If there are, it might be that you haven't thinned your paint enough. You can adjust your spray by turning the nozzle on the gun to flow in a fine mist.

Person wearing a mask and safety glasses spray painting a paling fence

6Change the angle of your spray between coats

It's important to change the angle you are spraying at between coats (you'll need two coats for this job) to make sure you get into all the little nooks and crannies. The good thing about spraying is that the paint dries really fast – so by the time you've finished the first coat, you'll probably be able to go back and start the second!

To paint the vertical palings of your fence, set your spray nozzle to horizontal and spray in a nice, even up and down motion. Remember to have your face mask and eye protection on at all times. 

A person spray painting a paling fence with a spray gun

7Use a brush for the top of the fence

This prevents overspray onto next door's property – trust us, they won't be pleased if you accidentally spray their garden, their washing or their pet! Using a brush also means you can get between the fence palings and make sure every part is covered. 

Person painting the top of a fence with a paint brush

8Clean your spray gun

Once you've finished, it's really important to clean your spray gun straight away so the paint doesn't dry in it. The easiest way to do this is to wash the pot out, fill it with clean water and spray it through.

9A fence your neighbours will envious of

And you're done! How easy was that? Now admire your handiwork, safe in the knowledge your fence will look great for years to come.

10Watch more projects from this episode

Watch the full episode and more D.I.Y. projects from Make It Yours Episode 3: Backyard Makeover by Tim and Mat.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.