How much does it cost to paint a fence?

Price guide

$750 - $4,250

low

$750

median

$2,000

high

$4,250

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How much does it cost to paint a fence?

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. Painting both sides of the fence also improves durability and protects it against exterior conditions.

You can also paint your deckadd 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. A newly-painted or newly-stained property can contribute to the overall look of your street as it helps improve the look and vibe of the area and may increase the value of the houses located there.

The average cost of having your fence painted or stained is $2000, but it usually ranges anywhere between $750 to $4,250. To know exactly how much painters charge to paint a fence and the factors that affect this, read on!

What are the factors that affect the cost of fence painting?a man painting a fence with white paint

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.

  • Material of the fence. Some fence types are harder to paint than others. For instance, wooden fences are very quick and easy to paint, while plastic ones can get tricky and more labor 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.
  • Labor costs. Location may affect how much to charge for fence painting. To paint a fence, the average cost of labor is $8 per linear foot or $1.50 per square foot, with a time frame of ½ day to 2 days. Most experts include preparations in their services, so be sure to clarify to manage expectations.
  • Size and number of panels. The size and number of panels will determine the job duration. The more panels to paint, the more paint 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.
  • Location. The accessibility of the fence will affect the overall price as well. If it’s challenging to reach, this can increase the overall price.
  • Weather. The weather affects outdoor activities such as fence painting. If there are high chances of rain or snowfall, this may cause delay, and painters would need to pause and return another day, increasing labor costs.

Fence painting price list

Below is a price guide to help you compare the prices of fence painting cost per panel. 


Unit

Material cost

Coverage

(square feet)

Coverage

(linear feet)

Fence painting (wood, metal, plastic)

Per gallon

$36

200

33

Wood staining (oil)

Per gallon

$24

160 

27

 
Below is a price guide to help you compare the prices of fence painting cost per type of paint. 


Average per linear foot

Average per project

Wood picket fence

$3.5

$1,225

Wood privacy fence

$7.5

$2,625

Chain link fence

$6.8

$2,380

Steel pipe fence

$8

$2,800

Wrought iron fence

$8.7

$3,045

Metal or aluminum fence

$8.7

$3,045

Shadow box fence

$13

$4,550


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

Area

Average cost

Orlando, FL

$2,020

Raleigh, NC

$1,990

New York City

$2,585

Portland, ME

$2,040

Chicago, IL

$2,290

Kansas City, MO

$2,085

Dallas, TX

$2,310

Phoenix, AZ

$2,060

Denver, CO

$2,125

Sacramento, CA

$2,060

Portland, OR

$2,190


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. 

Fence types

Type of fencing

Description

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 an epoxy-based paint. However, it can be difficult to make a professional finish and the paint will not last long. A better and a more cost-effective option is to purchase a plastic fencing in the color of your choice.

 

See also: Painting your garden fence: Everything you need to know


Paint types

Type of paint

Description

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.

Waterproof

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

Single coat

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

Stain

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


Can I DIY fence painting?

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 make sure 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.rgb coloured fence

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 someone to do the job for you.

DIY fence painting tips:

Here are some tips or points to consider before starting the job. These points will help you prepare the right tools and materials for the job.

  • If you need to choose between staining or painting a wooden fence, you may want to consider staining it instead. Painting only covers the surface, while stain is absorbed by the wood much deeper than it does with paint.
  • To prepare a fence before painting, trim the grass or other plants in the areas around your fence as well as at its base. Make sure to remove any dirt, debris, or cobweb. It will be helpful to power wash it to easily remove these elements. Pressure washing costs between $250 to $500. You may also scrape off the old paint so you can prime it again. 
  • Before painting, it’s also best to check for termite infestation or damage. And if there are minor repairs needed to be done, such as taping hardware and hinges and tightening loose parts, it’s best to do it before painting.
  • You can use a roller brush to paint on the surface of chain-link fences, making the job a lot quicker and easier. However, with some other metal fence types, you may need to use other kinds of applicators because a roller may miss the nooks and crannies of your fence (damage begins in small spots without protection). 
  • Don’t forget to prime the fence before painting it. The coat of a primer seals the wood properly, preparing it for the layer of paint to adhere to. Let the primer dry first before applying the actual paint.

Fence painting price quotes from Taskers

Fence painting or staining jobs cost around $230 to $1000, depending on the type of fence, the size of the fence, location, weather, etc. For a more accurate quotation, you may talk to a Tasker and provide the details of your fence painting requirements. 

Save time and make sure that your fence painting project is done properly. To get an accurate quote, put up a task now and connect with a reliable Tasker in minutes! It’s a fuss-free, convenient, and cost-effective choice.

How to put up a fence painting task

Write out your task, post your listing, review your offers, choose someone, and they’ll arrange to come and do your fence painting. Below is a list that you might need 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? 

Price guide

$750 - $4,250

low

$750

median

$2,000

high

$4,250

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FAQs

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.
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.
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.
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.

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