Enhance your home with beautiful vinyl fencing that comes in a variety of styles and colors and resists fading better than paint on conventional wood or metal fences. While quite durable, on occasion small repairs are needed. Whether Mother Nature throws a curveball and causes storm damage or a random projectile object is thrown by a lawnmower, you can easily repair your vinyl fence with a few materials and these simple steps:
Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools
To repair a chip or hole that is larger than 1 inch, you will need:
- Water with a gentle cleanser like dish soap
- Soft rag
- Medium grit sandpaper (80)
- Fine grit sandpaper (180)
- Expandable foam in a spray can
- Fine tooth saw
- Putty knife
- Plastic filler
- Spray paint
For holes smaller than 1 inch, it isn’t necessary to use the expandable foam, but you can if you wish.
Step 2: Clean the Repair Area of Vinyl Fencing
If the area of the fence needing repair is not very dirty, you can simply wipe the area down with a damp cloth, or use the gentle soapy water for more stubborn dirt. Rinse thoroughly and make sure the area is dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Sand the Area
Using a medium grit sandpaper (80), smooth out any rough edges and sand around the damaged area. Do NOT use a power sander, as you will only cause more damage. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and let dry thoroughly.
Step 4: Fill with Foam
Using the long nozzle provided with the can of expandable foam, start at the back of the hole and slowly fill it. GO SLOWLY and allow the foam to expand beyond the hole and the surface of the vinyl fencing. Let dry overnight.
Step 5: Cut the Foam
Using a fine tooth saw that is held flat against the surface of the vinyl fencing, cut the protruding expandable foam as flush to the vinyl fence as possible.
Step 6: Sand the Vinyl Fencing Again
With medium grit sandpaper (80), smooth the expandable foam and make the repair area of your vinyl fencing slightly concave. Wipe away the dust from sanding with a tack cloth.
Step 7: Apply Plastic Filler
Using a putty knife, fill the repair area with plastic filler, and smooth it out to make it flush with the rest of the vinyl fencing. Allow the plastic filler to dry overnight, or per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Step 8: Sand One More Time
With your fine grit sandpaper (180), smooth out your plastic filler and feather the edges. Again, remove the dust with a tack cloth.
Step 9: Paint to Match
Using a spray paint that is approved for plastic, paint the repair area to match the vinyl fencing. You may also choose to clear coat that area. Let dry and your repair is complete!
By being more easily repairable, vinyl fencing from Best Vinyl offers an economic benefit over wood or metal because you do not have to replace an entire fence or section of fence. If you have repair questions or would like more information about vinyl fencing for your property, contact us today.