Not happy with how your old chain-link fencing is looking? You may be thinking about improving its looks by applying a coat of paint to it. It will not only rejuvenate the look of the fence, but help it match the existing landscaping of your yard. Here are some tips for painting chain-link fencing on your own.
Preparing Your Fence
Painting your fence isn't as easy as grabbing any paint you can find and slapping it on the material. You want to ensure the fence has been prepared before you paint. This can be accomplished using a wire brush to clean off all dirt, debris, and rust on the surface. If you do not do this, rust can form underneath your new paint and will cause the fresh look of the fence to be ruined. The paint can eventually change colors and potentially peal off.
Cleaning The Fence
You'll want to get rid of all debris that is touching the fence, such as leaves and spider webs. The fastest way to clean the fence is by spraying it down using a hose that has a high-pressure spray nozzle. Once the fence has completely dried you can continue with the additional prep work.
Preparing The Ground
With the fence dry, you can now get ready to paint. First, you'll have to protect the things around your fence though. All you need is a tarp that you can lay down next to the fence to cover the ground and nearby plants. If possible, pull your tarp underneath the fence to completely cover surrounding grass. This will help create a clean look once the job is done.
Painting The Fence
Be sure to purchase paint that is designed to be applied to metal and can be applied using a roller. Always start along the very top of a section of fencing, then work down toward the bottom where the tarp is. It helps to use a paint roller that has a very large nap, because it will get the metal in between the links as well as part of the metal on the other side. It is difficult to get the bottom of a fence using a roller, so use your brush to get that small section painted. Repeat this process for the opposite side, which should go quickly since the large nap will have already covered much of the metal.
Seem like too much of a hassle to do on your own? Then contact a local fencing company for help.