Cost to Paint a Chain Link Fence – 2021

| Last Updated: November 16, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 199

$ 55

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 76% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install Paint a Chain Link Fence noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

What’s the cost of painting a chain link fence? The contractor cost to paint a chain link fence is $199 vs. doing it yourself for $55 and saving 72 percent. 

While it doesn’t have the style of other fences, a chain link fence is a reliable and sturdy enclosure that requires little in the way of care and maintenance. It is built as a system of metal posts and rails that fit together, with mesh stretched across its frame. If after several years the fence needs a facelift, a simple coat of paint will see it through many more maintenance-free years.

A painting contractor will charge $199 to prime and paint 150 square feet of fence (e.g., a 3-foot high fence 50 feet in length). That includes labor and material. You can do the job for $55, the cost of materials, and save 72 percent, a nice saving for a day’s work. Even a do-it-yourselfer wannabe can get this job right because the tools and paint are inexpensive, and you can learn the skills and technique on the job.

The project involves removing any rust or dirt with a wire brush and then priming all the sides and surfaces. Then use a brush to paint the fence posts, hardware and horizontal supports and a paint roller with a 1 1/2-inch nap for the chain mesh. Before you begin, it’s a good idea to mow the lawn and cut back plants that border the fence so you can lay down the drop cloth and protect the area from paint splatter. Use wide masking tape to protect any other surfaces near the fence.

Watch this video from the Dirt Doctor about How to Make a Chain Link Fence Look Good.

Wrapping up, given the average cost to paint a chain link fence you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself.

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