Picket Fence Painting Costs

Fence re-painting typically requires more preparation work than will new-fence painting. Re-painting a wooden picket fence is a routine activity that adds to property value while protecting the wood surface and increasing curb appeal of the property.

You will find that the cost to re-paint an average wooden picket fence depends upon size, preparation and recoating requirements, accessibility, equipment rental rates, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the complete application.

Fence re-paint: prepare and re-paint 360 linear feet of 36” tall wooden picket fence (1,018 sq. ft. both sides one coat); includes spillage, equipment, scraping preparation, and clean up.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Fence pickets, posts, and rails: supply the oil-based white paint for one coat applied by roller and brush; includes equipment and other miscellaneous material.$0.28per sq. ft.1,090$310
+ Labor Cost$25per hour18$450
Total Cost$2.11per foot360$760


Fence re-paint: prepare and re-paint 360 linear feet of 36” tall wooden picket fence (1,018 sq. ft. both sides two coats); includes spillage, equipment, scraping preparation, and clean up.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Fence pickets, posts, and rails: supply the oil-based white paint for two coats applied by roller and brush; includes equipment and other miscellaneous material.$0.40per sq. ft.1,090$436
+ Labor Cost$25per hour18$650
Total Cost$3.01per foot360$1,086


Other considerations and costs

  • Minimum preparation includes a complete power wash, minor scraping, masking tape, and otherwise protecting nearby objects from paint spillage.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.

DIY considerations

  • This project may be suitable for the able DIY persons.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

Cost to re-paint a picket fence in my city

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