Painting a Fence

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by ClippersLC, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. ClippersLC

    ClippersLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    A customer asked me to paint a small pickett fence for her today. the fence is about 20 feet long. it is 4 feet tall and one end and slopes down to about 2 feet tall. she asked me just to breifly run a piece of sand paper over the face of the boards on both sides to remove the old cracked paint, and slap a thick coat of paint on it. I figure I can do it all in about 2 and a half to 3 hours, and she is going to supply all materials. How much should I charge. I was thinking about $45-$60. what do you guys think? thanks in advance :help:
  2. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    You should try to get the same hourly rate that you would doing anything else. If you work for fifteen bucks an hour, then I guess your price is OK. Myself, I HATE painting, wouldn't be able to charge enough. I would tell her to hire a painter.
  3. Markf

    Markf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    Been there, done that. If there is not much sanding, a block and paper will do. If there is plenty, a small Makita with the appropriate grit is the fastest way to go. Then I would roll the paint on with a 3/8" nap roller Depending upon how thick the pickets are). Be careful to go over the face of the pickets to catch the paint runs.
    As far as $, I would also go by the hour. What happens if some of the posts or pickets are rotten. You have to stop and repair them. If she wants a job price, make sure you CYA.
    Hope this helps.
  4. ClippersLC

    ClippersLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    Quick question...what is "CYA" ??? :waving:
  5. rtyus

    rtyus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    CYA=cover your a**

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