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How to Measure a Chain-link Fence for Paint

Ryan Lawrence

Most do-it-yourselfers know that the simplest way to determine the amount of paint required to paint a particular surface is to multiply the height by the width. However, when it comes to chain-link fencing, the holes in the fence mesh can make things seem a bit more confusing. If you need to measure a chain-link fence for paint, you'll have to calculate it a little differently, or you're likely to buy way too much paint.

Chain-link mesh requires less paint than other fences.
  1. Measure the height of the chain-link fence.

  2. Measure the width of the fence.

  3. Multiply the two numbers together.

  4. Divide the total number by 250. This will tell you how many gallons of paint you will need to cover the entire chain link fence.