How to Repair a Vinyl Fence

VinylPrivacyVinyl fencing is popular with our customers because vinyl is fairly low maintenance. However, it is possible to put a crack or a hole in a vinyl fence.

There are a variety of ways this can happen. We’ve heard everything from fallen limbs to accidents with the weed whacker.

Fortunately this isn’t too hard to fix, and you don’t have to replace your whole fence.

Start by cleaning your fence.

Fixing the hole will require a clean, dry surface, so make sure you get the whole fence clean before you begin. You can use a towel to dry off the area you’ll be working on.

Gather your materials.

You will need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Expanding foam
  • A small hand saw
  • Plastic filler
  • Paint

Prep the area.

Prep the hole by sanding it gently. You just want to smooth the edges of the hole for the most part. You don’t want to get carried away.

Do not, under any circumstances, reach for an electric sander for this task. The sander will be way too harsh, and it will damage your fence in ways that can’t be so easily repaired.

Fill the hole.

You’ll now use the spray foam to fill up your hole. Take it slow–you don’t want to overdo it. You won’t hurt the fence any if you do, but you’ll make a lot more work for yourself later.

You’ll need to let the foam dry overnight.

Saw off the excess foam.

Remember that mention of extra work? Now that the foam is dry you’ll be sawing off the excess, and you’ll be thankful that you didn’t get carried away.

Cut close to the fence–you don’t want an unsightly bulge here. But be careful, too. You don’t want to cut a brand new hole, either.

When you’ve sawed off as much as you can, use more sandpaper to smooth down the remainder. You’re actually going to want to make a very slight indent in the foam, because this is going to hold your plastic filler later.

Cleaning, round two!

By now, you’ll have a big mess. Fortunately, you won’t have to clean the entire fence all over again. You’ll only need to clean up the area you’ve been working on.

Finish up.

Apply the plastic filler. Work carefully to smooth out any excesses so you don’t create a bump in your fence.

You’ll finish up by sanding one more time. Then apply a coat of paint and you’re done!

Now, if your fence is beyond such quick fixes and you live in Mequon or anywhere else in the Milwaukee metro area, call us. We’ll give you a free estimate on your brand new fence replacement!

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