Vinyl is one of the best options you can choose for the fencing around your yard. It is easy to install, clean and maintain over the years. Unfortunately, when Old Man Winter roars into town, the fencing that was once capable of withstanding the abuse that your kids dish out is more susceptible to breaking. The cold temperatures can make the fencing more brittle and it can be broken with a stray snowball during the community snow ball fight. Here, you will learn how to patch up those holes to prevent further damage from occurring.
To patch up the holes in vinyl fencing, you will need:
- Spray foam insulation
- Plastic body filler
- Spray paint in the color of your fence
- Fine and medium grit sandpaper
- Clean towel
Step 1: Prepare the Area
Begin by using water and a clean towel to clean the area of fencing you will be repairing. Dry the area completely before continuing.
Step 2: Fill the Hole
Use the spray foam insulation to fill the hole. Continue spraying the foam inside the hole until it begins to seep out of the hole. Allow the foam to harden and set overnight.
Tip: If rain or snow is in the forecast, cover the hole with plastic to protect the foam from the elements and keep your project on track.
Step 3: Finish the Hole
- Use the handsaw to cut off the foam insulation that has swollen outside of the hole. You want to create a smooth, flush finish.
- Use medium grit sandpaper to sand the surface smooth. This may take some time, but the more effort you put into accomplishing a perfectly flush finish, the more unnoticeable the repair work will be.
- Apply a thin coating of the plastic body filler to the area. Follow the instructions on the label and give it enough time to completely dry before proceeding.
- Use the fine grit sandpaper to smooth the surface and eliminate any imperfections.
- Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth and allow it to dry.
- Apply a thin coat of spray paint to the area. Allow it to dry and apply a second coat.
- Tip: Only apply very thin coats of the spray paint to avoid dripping. If you notice drips between coats, sand the area before applying the next coat. Use as many coats as necessary to obtain the perfect finish.
If this process does not repair the hole to your expectations, contact your local vinyl fence dealer and repair company, such as City Wide Fence Co, for further assistance.