How to Measure a Chain-link Fence for Paint

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.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Calculator
  • Chain-link fence paint


  • One gallon of chain-link fence paint will cover 250 square feet of fence, front and back. In other words, you do not need a gallon of paint for the front and another gallon for the back.
  • The best way to paint a chain-link fence is to work with a partner. Ideally, you should roll the chain link fence paint onto the surface with a roller, while a partner follows behind you, smoothing the areas you've painted with a dry roller. This will allow you to avoid messy runs and drips and will help ensure complete coverage.

About the Author

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.

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