People paint their chain-link fences in great numbers, but the vast majority of them get it wrong. The reason for this, as far as I can tell, is that the vast majority of people are unaware of the steps involved in painting a chain-link fence. Therefore, I will do my absolute best in this article to explain the correct way to paint one!
To begin, you will need some supplies, specifically:
Painter’s tape, in the event that you want a pattern. One or more types of brushes (a paint roller is recommended). Bucket Sponge for Painting a protective covering You’re going to need a ladder or some other way to get up into those high places if you want this task to be as easy as it possibly can be.
The first thing you need to do is make up your mind about the kind of pattern you want. Although checkered and staggered patterns are recommended, you can use virtually any pattern you like.
Next, transfer your desired design onto the fence using masking tape.
After taping off your design, the next step is to fill it in with a dark color (I used black). Take special care not to spill any of it on the ground or anywhere else! It’s fine if you mess up in certain places or skip certain spots altogether. Just keep in mind that this is only the first layer, and no one will be able to see it anyway! I did a lot of stupid things.
It’s time to start adding some detail now that the base coat has been completed, so let’s get to it. Because I wanted my pattern to get lighter as it got darker, I created it this way:
To begin, select the darkest color you want to use (I chose navy blue) and paint along the lines of where your tape had been. When you reach an area that is close to a corner or a confined space, take your sponge and gently dab at the area. You don’t want to move the tape, so don’t do too much! It will take significantly more painting than is required, and when people look closely, they will notice that something is off.
When you have finished applying one coat of each of the darker colors, switch to your lighter color (in this case, I used white) and repeat what we did with the darker colors, but this time use a little less paint! The objective here is to paint our fence with as little color as possible so that it does not end up being an eyesore. Be sure to re-apply pressure to the crevices and confined areas!
After you have completed adding all of the lighter colors, you can then return to the beginning and add some more dark colors just along the lines that the tape has created. Because of this, it appears as though there is real space in between each link rather than just a continuous color line. When people see this particular aspect of your fence, they will immediately be able to tell how well it is maintained.
We are now finished applying all of our base coats! Now comes the exciting part: taping off sections in order to give them each their own color! I came to the conclusion that I wanted each post to be written in my lightest color (yellow was the one I chose for this iteration), and that any other color would be a darker version of that color. After that, I covered the posts with colored tape in shades of blue, green, and purple.
When you’ve finished applying your tape, it’s time for another base coat! Put some paint on your brush, grab some paint, and paint directly over the tape. Be sure to use quick strokes so you don’t mess up your pattern! Just one coat of paint should be used to completely cover each section. This will also prevent any bleeding from taking place when we add our subsequent colors on top of the previous one!
The most exciting part comes next!
You should paint all of those beautiful colors on your fence! Simply take your sponge or brush and dab away at it until you get a nice, solid color going through each gap in the tape.
If you want a better chance of succeeding, you should keep in mind that the process will take some time. Don’t be concerned, even if you make a mistake. Simply use your paintbrush to touch up the area until it appears to be in an acceptable condition to be ignored. If you feel that certain parts of it could use a more vibrant color, you can always redo this section whenever you want to!
When you have finished applying all of the base coats, examine your fence to determine whether there are any areas that require additional work or reapplication of paint.
Before you start making adjustments to things, you should make sure that nobody will notice the changes you’re making. If something has some kind of strange pattern going on (like the green parts of my body), then it is best to just leave it as it is. Fixing such fast work with brushes of that size is just too much of a hassle.
After we are done making any necessary touch-ups, we will move on to applying another coat of base paint. Simply add in the same color that you used in your session of touch-ups, but omit some of the paint so that the majority of the fence retains its darker appearance than it would normally have. It does not have to be perfect or exact; all you need to do is try to replicate what you did in the past.
Now we’re getting back to the exciting part! Putting on all of our lovely colors with a dab! Simply dab away at each section with the brush or sponge that you have been using from the very beginning! Continue doing this until all of the empty spaces have been filled in and it looks gorgeous! Be sure to use swift strokes on each section so that if there is any bleeding between the posts, it won’t be visible once we move on to adding additional coats of paint.
We are very close to being done! The last step is to apply one more coat of base paint, this time using the standard color we always go with. Reduce the amount of paint you add to the mixture so that the majority of the fence retains its dark color. Taking small bites out of it at regular intervals until you have the exact quantity required is a good strategy for accomplishing this goal.
Now, take each individual post and go over it once more with the lighter color. This will ensure that there are no harsh lines separating the posts. Be sure to touch up any areas of your new colors that do not appear to be as vibrant or even as they should be! When I was adding all of my colors on top, some parts of my green posts got messed up, and you can see that they got messed up; this is why I had to fix them.
Finally, but most importantly! After you have applied your final seal to your fence, wait for it to dry completely. You will only create more of a mess if you try to apply it while the paint is still wet, so avoid doing that at all costs. It is important to exercise patience and wait until everything has completely dried before touching it or doing anything else.
The conclusion is as follows: a chain-link fence that has been painted in a beautiful pattern. Now that you have prepared yourself, go out into the world and overcome any challenge that you encounter. Just remember that things don’t always work out perfectly the first time around, so try not to be too hard on yourself if something doesn’t turn out the way you hoped it would.