Paint Chain Link Fence – Start-Up
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This is a little start-up I picked up while in Ohio. It was a old cat and a youngin walking around with a cardboard, throw rugs and some silver spray paint hitting up everyone in the neighborhood. At first I thought this ain’t going to work until the house I was visiting got it done and I’ll be damned if it didn’t look new again. The cat had a simple system and was making cash with about a hour’s work. Since most people have a chain link fence that looks like it’s brown from rust this Start-up right here can make you some quick tax-free cash.
Chain link fencing can quickly lose its shine and become dull and dirty. When the surface of this type of fence is marred with grime and rust and the paint has begun to peel or fade, it becomes distinctly unattractive and can be a detriment to the value and appeal of your home. Fortunately, chain link isn’t as difficult to refinish and paint as it may seem. This do-it-yourself project can be completed in a short weekend with supplies you’ll find at any hardware store.
Clean the fence with a wire bristled brush to remove dirt, grime, stains, and especially rust, from the fence.
Set a drop cloth or tarp beneath the chain link fence, extending at least two feet from the fence in either direction. This is an important step to protect the ground below from paint drips, which are nearly inevitable with this type of project.
Spray a rust inhibitor onto any noticeably rusty areas of the fence before you begin painting. This should help to prevent further rusting in these problem areas.
Select an oil based aluminum paint designed for fencing. A product with a built-in rust inhibitor is a bonus. The most common color choice for chain link fencing is silver, as this is how most fences are painted originally at the time of installation.
Apply the paint to the fencing using a heavy one-inch nap roller. Dip the roller in the paint tray lightly to avoid loading it with excess paint, which will cause heavy drips on the fence. Roll along both sides of the fence several times for an even coating. The paint will naturally drip through to the opposite side of the fence as you work, so its important to cover both sides of the fence the same number of times for an even color.
If you make a simple flyer with your rate of 33% over your cost you’ll have some clients. I forgot how much the cat was charging to do it so I can’t help you there but just keep everything reasonable and think volume business and you’ll be able to make 50 bucks a customer. All this Start-up really is a some Silver Paint, some throw rugs and a paint roller. It’s a executable hustle for anyone who got time on their hands. This could also be a great weekend business to put your kids to work on.