What Can You Do if Your Vinyl Fence Gets Scratched?

VinylCornerOne of the biggest weaknesses of vinyl fences is that it can get scratched if you’re not careful with it. Vinyl fencing is low maintenance, but if you hit it with a weed whacker or use a cleaner that’s too harsh you will manage to damage it.

You can fix a hole or a crack that apepars on your fence, but scratches are harder.

In fact, one reason we spend so much time warning people about what does and does not cause scratches in vinyl fences is that there’s actually not much you can do about a scratch, which is the bad news.

The good news is that a small scratch should barely show up. If your vinyl is white on top then it’s going to be white beneath too. So you’d have to be right on top of the scratch to actually see a problem.

Now, if your vinyl is blue underneath, then you’ve got recycled vinyl, which presents more of a cosmetic problem. There’s not much that can be done, except to replace that section of the fence. Some PVC fences have a different color beneath the surface, too.

Sometimes the “scratches” are actually scuff marks. For example, if you see black marks on a white fence you’re probably looking at scuffs. These are actually pretty easy to deal with.

One method is to just use some baking soda, some water, and a (gentle) brush. Other people swear by the Magic Eraser product. You don’t have to use anything particularly harsh to deal with scuff marks.

Now, a vinyl fence does have a lifespan, just like any other fence does. Has yours gotten messed up beyond repair? If so, think about calling A1 Fence. We serve Whitefish Bay, Mequon, and the rest of the Milwaukee Metro area. We’ll help you install a brand new vinyl fence that you can be proud of.


  1. Stan Smith says:

    Yah, scratches are going to happen. The fences are outside! I would say it’s normal to have scratches on the fencing because the supplier stacks them all and they’re bound to have some flaws. Just as long as they aren’t gouges, those should be replaced.

  2. Julie Keyes says:

    A new fence was installed today. There are many nicks and scratches everywhere. The fence company says it is normal to receive fencing with these flaws. Is this true?

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