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Question DetailsAsked on 3/6/2014

How much should it cost to paint a new 3 board corral fence approximately 500' long?

This new fence borders the road and surrounds our property. There are no obstructions (plants, trees etc) to make the job difficult.

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This is Leah B. in Member Services, happy to help!

While going rates for services, are not something we track directly, you can get a ballpark figure of what members near you are paying via their reviews in the "Painting - Exterior" category. I've also found a Big Deal which may be relevant to your need:


Answered 5 years ago by Member Services


Look first at the fence condition - does it need pressure washing - probably about a rough manday in washing alone if real dirty or weathered or chalked - so that is about $200-400.

Normal fence painting is about $1/SF, counting both sides as footage if painting both. Because wastage on rail fences is a lot more, material cost per SF will be more, but a lot less need to be careful about overspray and of course there are less SF per LF of fence - say about 3SF/LF if 1x6 boards on 8 foot spacing with 4" posts. I have done this myself but never paid for it to be done - 500 LF is probably 2 days painting because of all the angles that have to be sprayed. So - labor maybe $500-800 labor, about 8-10 gallons paint = $250-300 paint, for a total of say $750 on low end if clean and single coated, $950 if needs cleaning, to maybe $1500 on high end with 2 coats. Works out to about $0.50-1.00/SF, which is what I would have guesstimated off the cuff.

Your other alternative of course is to buy the paint yourself and hire a neighbor kid to do it - though your quality control and certainty of getting it done is less and you incur injury liability risk, ditto with a Handyman.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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