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Painting Chain-Link

A fresh coat can revitalize this humble divider

Chain-Link Face-lift
Illustration by Narda Lebo
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At best, a chain-link fence looks inoffensive — unless it's dirty, rusting, and weather-beaten. Then it's quite an eyesore. A little elbow grease and a fresh coat of aluminum paint (about $25 per gallon) are all it takes to restore the chain link to its inoffensive glory.

First, remove any flaking paint, rust, or caked-on grime with a wire brush. (Or rent a sandblaster for the day.) Spot-treat any remaining corrosion with a spray-on rust inhibitor. Then use a long-nap roller to apply the aluminum paint to both sides of the fence. Slowly work the roller over the chain link, reaching into tight bends and deep recesses. To prevent excessive drips and runs, don't overload the roller with paint.

Chain-Link Face-lift
Illustration by Narda Lebo
Chain-Link Face-lift

At best, a chain-link fence looks inoffensive — unless it's dirty, rusting, and weather-beaten. Then it's quite an eyesore. A little elbow grease and a fresh coat of aluminum paint (about $25 per gallon) are all it takes to restore the chain link to its inoffensive glory.

First, remove any flaking paint, rust, or caked-on grime with a wire brush. (Or rent a sandblaster for the day.) Spot-treat any remaining corrosion with a spray-on rust inhibitor. Then use a long-nap roller to apply the aluminum paint to both sides of the fence. Slowly work the roller over the chain link, reaching into tight bends and deep recesses. To prevent excessive drips and runs, don't overload the roller with paint.

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