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One way to give your garden an easy and affordable makeover is to paint or stain your fence. This not only makes your fence aesthetically pleasing but also enhances your property's curb appeal and improves the look and vibe of your area. Painting both sides of the fence also improves durability and protects it against exterior conditions.

You can also paint your deck, add colour to your walls, and give your exteriors a fresh coat of paint. These are quick and easy makeover jobs you can do at home using paint, a relatively low-cost material. 

The average cost to paint a fence falls between $15 to $30 per square metre. So for a 10-square metre space, the average fence painting cost is around $150 to $300 and up. To know exactly how much painters charge to paint a fence and the factors that affect this, read on!

How much do painters charge to paint a fence?

Below is a fence painting price list to serve as a guide for your project.

Cost to paint a fence per square foot

Cost to paint a fence per linear foot

Fence painting (wood, metal, plastic)

$1.50 to $3.50

$5 to $20

Brick fence


$15 to $45

Timber or weatherboards


$15 to $60


Below is a price guide to help you estimate the hourly price of fence painting services in different locations. 

Hourly cost to paint a fence

Brisbane and Queensland


Melbourne and Victoria


Sydney and New South Wales


You can use a fence painting calculator that allows you to get an estimate for your painting project based on the price list above. 

Fence painting price quotes from Taskers

Fence painting or staining jobs cost around $200 to $550, depending on the type of fence, the size of the fence, location, weather, etc. For a more accurate quotation of fence painting services, you may talk to a Tasker and provide the details of your fence painting requirements. 

Average cost of fence painting per area

Below is a price guide to help you estimate the price of fence painting cost near you. 



New South Wales

$200 to $550


$150 to $400


$200 to $478


$162 to $400


$200 to $500

What factors affect the cost of fence painting?

man painting white fence

How do painters calculate how much to charge for painting a fence? Below are the factors contributing to wood, wrought iron, or metal fence painting costs in Australia.

Material of the fence 

Some fence types are harder to paint than others. The cost to spray paint colorbond fence may differ from the cost of painting a wooden fence. For instance, wooden fences are quick and easy to paint, while plastic ones can get tricky and more labour intensive. Naturally, how much it costs to paint a wooden fence will differ greatly from how much it is to paint a metal fence.

Type of paint or stain 

Sprayable paints are very quick to apply and may cost relatively less than others. However, for waterproof paints, you may need one more coat. The average cost of paint or wood stain is $240 to $600. This may increase depending on the size and number of fence panels.

Labour costs

Location may affect how much to charge for fence painting. The average labour cost is $4 to $47, with a time frame of ½ day to 2 days.

Size and number of panels

The size and number of panels will determine the job duration. The more panels to paint, the more paint is needed and the longer it will take to finish the job. To know precisely much it is to paint a fence panel, you can hire a professional and get an accurate quote.


The accessibility of the fence will affect the overall price as well. If it's challenging to reach, this can increase the overall price.


The weather affects outdoor activities such as fence painting. If there are high chances of rain or snowfall, this may cause delays, and painters would need to pause and return another day, increasing labour costs.

Additional read: Find experts to help with your painting projects! Learn how much it costs to paint a house when hiring a painter. 

Different types of fences and paints 

Below is a guide to help you evaluate how painting or staining can help improve your fence. Check the type of fencing you have and the common types of paint available to determine the best option for your fence painting job and budget.

Type of fencing

Type of fencing


Wooden fencing

Easiest to paint. 

Can also be stained.

Paint or stain protects and increases the lifespan of an otherwise exposed fence.

Metal fencing

More durable than wooden fences, even without paint or stain. But it can improve the look and add to the aesthetic of your garden. Just make sure to clean them first before painting them.

Plastic fencing

It’s possible to be painted on, but can be challenging. To paint plastic fences, a primer is necessary, as well as epoxy-based paint. However, it can be difficult to make a professional finish, and the paint will not last long. A better and more cost-effective option is to purchase plastic fencing in the colour of your choice.

Type of paint

Type of paint


Sprayable fence treatments

Easy to apply using a paint sprayer. It also adheres to most surfaces, regardless of the type or material of the surface.


Can withstand moisture and water. Good for extreme weather conditions.

Single coat

Since it has a thicker consistency, it does not require layer after layer of paint to get an even result. This can help you save time and energy.


Commonly used on wood, this stains the surface without covering the texture. It’s a good way to weatherproof fencing and prolong the lifespan of a wooden structure.


Can I DIY fence painting?

rainbow colored fence

Painting any surface can look easy, but to achieve a smooth, professional finish, you may need to hire someone with proper training and experience. A skilled tradesman can not only paint your fence properly, but can also ensure that your fence is fully covered and protected from water damage that can affect the integrity of your fence, especially if it’s a wooden one.

Fence painting can also be a tiring and time-consuming task. If you're a busy person or prefer spending more time with family during days off, it might be a great idea to hire professional fence painters to do the job for you.

Additional read: Match the look of your fence with your home’s exteriors. Find out how much home exterior painting costs and prep the right budget for the work. 

How to put up a fence painting task

Ready to hire a Tasker to paint your fence? Create your first task! It’s easy! Just write out your task, post your listing, review your offers, choose someone, and they’ll arrange to come and do your fence painting. If you’re curious, read some more about how it works.

Here’s what you might include in your listing:

  • Timing and budget

  • Location

  • Type of fence

  • Preferred type of paint

  • Number of panels

  • Any access issues?

  • Is the job likely to be challenging or time-consuming?

  • Equipment provided? 

Now that you know how much fence painting costs, hire a professional fence painter to help with your work! Save time and make sure that your fence painting project is done properly. Put up a task now and connect with a reliable Tasker in minutes! It's a fuss-free, convenient, and cost-effective choice.

Additional read: Give your garden fence a new look. Learn how to paint a garden fence.


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FAQs on fence painting

Here’s an easy calculation guide: just divide the total square feet of fence to be stained by the coverage indicated on the packaging of the paint. For instance, if you need to paint 1,000 square feet of fence, and the stain packaging indicates that one gallon covers 200 square feet, divide 1,000 by 200. You would need 5 gallons to cover the entire area.

The average lifespan of semi-transparent stains is between two to five years. But to preserve the life of your fence, the best staining routine is every two to three years.

Bare wood should always be primed with stain-blocking wood primer. But for an old fence, you may just need to spot-prime it using a brush. Wait for it to dry before moving on.

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