How To Properly Paint Your Chain Link Fence

If you aren't happy with the appearance of your chain link fence, you can give it a makeover by painting it. Not only can a little paint make the fence look more to your liking, but it can also make it match your landscaping. If you are thinking about painting your chain link fence, you can learn how to do so properly by reading the information below.

Properly prepare the fence

You can't simply grab some paint and begin. It's very important for you to first make sure the fence is prepared for painting. This is done with the use of a stiff wire brush. You want to take the wire brush to all surfaces of the fence to make sure any rust has been removed. Otherwise, rust will grow under the paint and the paint will be damaged. The paint will turn a different color and will even peel off.

Clean the fence

Make sure you get all debris, including webs and leaves, off of the fence before you paint it. The easiest way for you to do this is by using your garden hose with a high powered nozzle. Allow the fence to dry completely before you move on to the next step.

Prepare the ground

You need to protect your grass before you begin painting. You will do this by opening up a large tarp and setting it at the bottom of the fence. If the fence allows, pull a bit of the tarp completely under the chain link. If not, then pull the tarp all the way to the fence, covering as much grass as possible.

Paint the fence

You want to use a paint that's intended for metal and a long roller. Start at the top of the fence and work your way to the end of the tarp. Do the sides of the fence, then fill in the middle. Move the tarp and continue in this pattern. This makes it easier for you to see if you've missed any spots. If you use a roller with long fibers, it will help to paint the chain link on the opposite side. Save the very bottom for last and use a paint brush to get as close to the ground as possible. Also, use a brush to touch up any spots you missed with the roller.

Once you get to the other side of the fence, you want to repeat the process. You will complete the other side much faster since the roller would have painted a lot of it on the first go around. Allow the paint to dry completely before anyone touches the fence.

Talk to a company like B & B Fence to learn more about maintaining your chain link fence.