Vinyl fencing is typically quite durable. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that it's indestructible. If you find a hole in your vinyl fencing, you don't have to live with it—you can fix it. Here, you will learn how to do just that.
- Bucket of water
- Clean towels or rags
- Fine- and medium-grit sandpaper
- Spray foam insulation
- Spray paint and primer
- Plastic body filler
- Putty knife
Plan the Repair
Keep an eye on the weather. When you see that there's two days in which there will be no precipitation, get ready to get the job done. If precipitation springs up, you will need to cover the area that you're working and wait for the rain or snow to stop completely before you continue to make the repairs.
Clean the Fencing
The first step in making a repair such as this is to get the area of fencing as clean as possible. Get a bucket of water and a clean towel. Scrub the area and allow it to fully dry before you continue.
Fill the Hole
You will be filling the hole with the spray foam insulation. Simply insert the nozzle into the hole and release the insulation. Continue to fill the hole until you see that the insulation is beginning to come out of the hole. At that point, stop spraying it and walk away for the day. The foam needs several hours to fully harden before you can continue to the next step.
Trim the Insulation
Once the insulation has hardened, it's time to get to work smoothing the finish of the fencing.
Use the saw to trim the insulation that has swelled outside of the hole. Take your time to create a smooth finish as you're trimming to reduce the amount of sanding you will have to do.
Now, grab the medium-grit sandpaper and begin sanding the surface. Once you have a relatively smooth surface, it's time to cover the area with the body filler.
Cover with Body Filler
Read the instructions on the body filler that you've purchased. Pay attention to the amount of time it takes for the filler to cure. Apply a thin layer of the putty over the patch and smooth it as best you can. Allow it to cure for the directed amount of time.
Sand and Paint
Once the filler has cured, you must sand the surface. Start with the medium-grit sandpaper and finish with the fine-grit. Continue sanding until the surface is as smooth as it can be.
Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth and allow it to dry. Once dry, spray a coat of primer over the area.
Finish with a couple coats of paint.
If your repair work doesn't meet your standards, contact a fencing contractor at a company like Allied Fence of Tampa Bay to learn about professional repairs or replacement.